At this event, RUSI Research Fellow Emily Ferris and RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov will present the findings and discussions of a series of bilateral workshops aimed at identifying areas of deeper cooperation between Moscow and London.
Notwithstanding the UK and Russia’s very difficult political relationship, over the past year, RUSI in partnership with the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) has been running bilateral workshops bringing together policy and industry specialists from both countries to encourage an open debate about contentious and occasionally sensitive security issues.
The sessions focused on arms control, counter-terrorism and organised crime, the Middle East, and cyber security with the aim of identifying areas of deeper cooperation between Moscow and London.
While attempting to promote dialogue against the current political backdrop was challenging, Russia remains a significant global economic and political partner, which the UK will be obliged to engage with in the coming years.
Promoting dialogue for its own sake was not the goal – rather, the project aimed to gain a greater understanding of both the Russian and British perspective on security issues and identify specific ways in which the diplomatic relationship could be moved forward.
The reports from previous years can be found here.
The discussion will take place from 1430-1530 on Thursday 28 March, with tea and coffee from 1415.