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RUSI is the podium of choice for world leaders and senior policymakers, and is ideally placed to attract high-quality speakers and participants at its events. These vary in size and format from set-piece lectures to conferences and seminars.

Launch of the Building Stronger Societies Webinar Series: Restricting Foreign Acquisitions for the Sake of National Security

17 July 2020, 11:00

In the past few months, an increasing number of Western countries - including Poland, Italy, Sweden and the UK - have announced new...

VJ Day 75 Years On: Reflections on the UK-Japan Relationship

13 August 2020, 10:00

15 August 2020 – VJ Day - marks both the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War. The conclusion of years of hardship,...

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: Countering CBRN At Home and Abroad

23 September 2020, 9:00

The use of Chemical Weapons is a war crime. Yet chemical weapons have been used widely during the Syrian conflict, including the use of nerve agents, while in 2018 Russia conducted a nerve agent...

Modern Deterrence Autumn 2020 Conference

21 October 2020, 9:00

RUSI Modern Deterrence conference in partnership with the NATO Public Diplomacy Division.With threats and aggression facing liberal democracies increasing, national security is more important today...

UK Strategic Command Conference

18 February 2020, 9:00
RUSI Whitehall

In 2012, the UK formed the Joint Forces Command to manage and deliver specific joint capabilities and lead on the conceptual component for Defence.  Seven years later in December 2019, Joint Forces Command transitioned into Strategic Command.  The...

Fighting with Pride: LGBTQ+ in the British Armed Forces

17 February 2020, 13:00
RUSI Whitehall

In this wide-ranging discussion, LGBTQ+ servicemen and women who have served in the British Armed Forces since the Second World War will discuss their remarkable lives. These are stories and profoundly moving testaments to loyalty, courage on the...

UK PONI Workshop: Introduction to Nuclear Weapons Policy

11 February 2020, 9:00
RUSI Whitehall

UK PONI will hold a one-day workshop comprising a series of seminars from RUSI staff on nuclear policy basics, covering deterrence, disarmament, proliferation and nuclear programmes worldwide. This workshop is aimed at early career professionals...

Breakfast Briefing - The Politics of Arms Control: Getting Beyond Post-Cold War Pathologies and Finding Security in a Competitive Environment

11 February 2020, 8:15
RUSI Whitehall

In this briefing, Dr Ford will assess the various objectives and motivations shaping arms control advocacy and policies in the post-Cold War period, and emphasise the central role that security plays in the Trump Administration’s arms control...

Britain in the World

10 February 2020, 8:30
RUSI Whitehall

  Conference Information Britain’s departure from the European Union signals the beginning of new challenges, opportunities and priorities. Foreign policy will have to explore how Britain fits into a new competitive and more state-based...

Breakfast Briefing: Countering Cyber Risk - Threats, Responses and Future Trends

05 February 2020, 8:15
RUSI Whitehall

Recent research suggests that business leaders now see cyber security as the top risk to their businesses, and the British Government has publicly stated that cyber is one of only three top tier threats to the UK’s national security. Lord Evans will...

Douglas Haig Fellowship Lecture: Haig and the Aftermath

31 January 2020, 13:00
RUSI Whitehall

On 11 November 1918, Douglas Haig must have welcomed his imminent release from the immense burdens he had stoically borne for three years. He appreciated, however, that he would not yet be able to say ‘goodbye to all that’.  Even before the war’s...

Insurance Gaps: A Growing Vulnerability

28 January 2020, 8:30

Though insurance gaps is a little-known term outside the insurance industry, and one not associated with national security, it is becoming a national security issue. According to a new report by Lloyd’s, $133bn is at risk in major cities across the...

Professor Azar Gat on Has War been Declining: Why and Where?

27 January 2020, 13:00
RUSI Whitehall

While the world has become more peaceful than ever before, there is still much to worry about in terms of security and no place for complacency. Recent years have seen vicious wars in south and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the rise of...

Breakfast Briefing: What Works (and What Doesn’t) in Efforts to Prevent or Counter Violent Extremism?

24 January 2020, 8:15
RUSI Whitehall

One of the most important lessons of the last two decades is that military and security-focused operations – in isolation – do not end terrorist movements. Efforts to prevent or counter violent extremism (P/CVE) have therefore become an intrinsic...

Ecole de Guerre Public Debate

10 December 2019, 17:00
RUSI Whitehall

In 2010, the Lancaster House Treaties set France on a path of pursuing greater interoperability with Britain in defence-related matters. As the agreement approaches its tenth birthday, however, two largely unexpected developments have arisen which...

Tech innovation: the potential for startup-government collaboration

10 December 2019, 8:30
RUSI Whitehall

There is a major divide between the tech industry and the armed forces. In 2018 Google, for example, ended an artificial intelligence project for the Pentagon. This divide is troubling, because governments rely on the tech industry for innovative...

Have I Got Nukes for You: The UK PONI Christmas Quiz

09 December 2019, 18:30
RUSI Whitehall

Given the success of our previous UK PONI Christmas quizzes, we’re back for a fourth year! Get ready to pull on those Christmas jumpers and join other UK PONI members for an evening of friendly competition and quiz fun! Prizes will also be awarded...

Annual Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture and RUSI Christmas Party 2019

05 December 2019, 18:30
RUSI Whitehall

Gen, Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Ministry of Defence. The Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture is held annually at RUSI, covering key topical defence and security issues. The Speech Excellencies, my lords, ladies and gentlemen – it’s a great...

Breakfast Briefing: Intelligence Assessment and Policymaking: Learning the Lessons of the Past Fifteen Years

04 December 2019, 8:15
RUSI Whitehall

In the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a Committee of Privy Counsellors under Lord Butler of Brockwell was asked to review the pre-war intelligence on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and to ‘make recommendations on the gathering,...

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