RUSI UNDER 35's FORUM: Is the role of Think Tanks in Foreign Policy Evolving or Fading?

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Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is the world's oldest independent think tank on international defence and security. Founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI has been providing forward thinking, free discussion and careful reflection on defence and security matters for almost two centuries.

At this event with the Young Diplomats Forum, RUSI Analysts including Dr Karin von Hippel, Director-General, Tom Plant, Director, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy and Cristina Varriale, Research Analyst, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy will examine how think tanks shape and change foreign policy.

Speaker Biographies

Dr Karin von Hippel became Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on 30 November 2015. She joined RUSI after serving for nearly six years in the US Department of State as a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of Counterterrorism, then as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and finally, as Chief of Staff to General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter-ISIL.

Tom Plant joined RUSI in June 2017 as the Director of its Proliferation and Nuclear Policy programme.  His research interests include nuclear deterrence, arms control, proliferation issues – particularly in relation to North Korea – and UK nuclear policy. He is also Director of the UK Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI), a cross-generational network of over 900 members which encourages young scholars and professionals to engage with established experts on contemporary nuclear issues

Cristina Varriale is a Research Analyst with RUSI’s Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Team. She specialises in non-proliferation, deterrence policy and CBRN security. Prior to joining RUSI, she worked in nuclear policy and research with the International Centre for Security Analysis (ICSA) and the British American Security Information Council (BASIC). Cristina holds an MA in Non-proliferation and International Security from King’s College London. She has also been a contributor at IHS Jane’s, and has written on nuclear issues for publications such as the Huffington Post and Prospect Magazine

This event is for Under 35’s Forum Members. If you are not a RUSI Under 35’s Forum Member, but would like to attend this event, please email Jack Haines,

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