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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.

The Military Challenges and Opportunities for Cooperation in the Baltic Region

16 June 2021, 16:00

In his current role, Lieutenant General Herem has been a strong advocate of regional military cooperation and shared capability development...

Sharpening the Dagger: Optimising Special Forces for Future Conflict

28 June 2021, 15:00

Militaries have found a persistent need to establish units that are detached from the conventional force structure to address discrete...

The Bomb Beyond Borders: How Do Democratic States and Their Citizens Think About Nuclear Use?

28 June 2021, 16:00

In recent decades, scholars and policymakers have advanced the view that the non-use of nuclear weapons since the Second World War can...

Prisons and Terrorism

30 June 2021, 16:00

Erupting in 1969, the Northern Ireland “troubles” continued with terrible intensity until 1998. The most enduring civil conflict in Western...

Western Jihadism: A Thirty Year History

14 July 2021, 16:00

In forensic and compelling detail, Professor Jytte Klausen shows how Islamist terrorism in Europe and North America has been driven, not by...

Goodbye Britannia: The UK Challenged by Brexit

23 February 2021, 16:00

The outcome of the 2016 Brexit referendum sparked astonishment around the world and in the UK, widely regarded as the epitome of globalisation. Even though Britain is an island nation, very different from the mainland member states of the European...

The US and the Yemen Conflict – From Trump to Biden

22 February 2021, 14:00

The Biden presidency promises significant changes to the United States’ approach towards the conflict in Yemen. Prior to his election, President Biden described the war as ‘disastrous’ and, with his first five days in office, the President approved...

Paper Launch - The Contested Relationship Between Youth and Violent Extremism

18 February 2021, 14:00

As part of the Prevention Project, RUSI’s Terrorism and Conflict Research Group has conducted extensive research on the effectiveness of global interventions aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). The Prevention Project...

What Prospects for US-Iran Ties Under the Biden Administration? The View From Iran

17 February 2021, 14:00

After more than two years of “maximum pressure” under the Trump presidency, what are the options for re-engagement with Iran under a Biden presidency? With a prospective return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA,) high on the new US...

Transatlantic Perspectives on Cyber Security: Challenges and Opportunities

16 February 2021, 16:00

Cyber security has become a priority issue globally, a fact further underscored by the Covid-19 pandemic. In this wide-ranging discussion, Maggie Hassan and Robert Hannigan will offer their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for...

Diversity and Inclusion Policies in Practice: Reflections from the UK National Security Community

15 February 2021, 14:00

While the benefits of prioritising diversity and inclusion within an organisation are by now generally accepted, translating these into concrete institutional commitments remains a challenge. This is also true of organisations in the defence and...

JC Lord Memorial Lecture: Mental Wellbeing – Everyone’s Challenge

11 February 2021, 16:00

Read the full transcript of the speech Transcript: This is my second JC Lord lecture and just like the first I am incredibly proud to be able to stand here and speak under the name of such an influential character on my own life and career. A...

Launch of the Gender in Conflict and Security Webinar Series - Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women

08 February 2021, 16:00

The war crime few want to talk about: rape is used as a weapon to humiliate, oppress, seize territory, and carry out ethnic cleansing. Following an encounter with terrified Yazidi survivors in a dilapidated asylum place on a tiny Greek island, war...

The Future of UK Security, Law Enforcement and Intelligence Co-operation with the European Union

04 February 2021, 16:00

Post-Brexit, UK police and security agencies were keen to maintain access to SIS II, an EU database with real-time crime alerts, to the European Criminal Records Information System, and the Prüm information-sharing arrangements for DNA and...

Douglas Haig Fellowship Lecture: The Tank in World War One – Did Haig Help or Hinder its Development?

29 January 2021, 13:00

Major General J.F.C. Fuller, Chief of Staff of the Tank Corps from 1916 to mid-1918 and a key player in its successes, wrote in his memoirs: “though the Germans gave us a lot of trouble, Sir Douglas Haig and his phenomenally unimaginative General...

The Future of Democracy in Belarus: Europe's Next Challenge

28 January 2021, 14:00

More than five months have passed since the rigged presidential elections in Belarus, which are widely perceived to have robbed Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya of her rightful win as the country’s new leader. The scale of the protests against Alexandr...

Terrorism – Old Threats Returning, New Threats Emerging: What Are The Key Longer Term Trends Business Needs To Worry About?

27 January 2021, 14:00

The threat of Islamist terrorism has not gone away, with the pandemic offering space to regroup and radicalise. Meanwhile, Covid-19 and Government responses to it have created opportunities for identifying and highlighting political, social,...

Whitehall Briefing: Brexit’s Implications for UK Defence Industrial Co-operation with Continental Europe

26 January 2021, 16:00

The UK and EU agreed a deal on their new relationship which came into force on 1 January 2021. A consistent feature of official UK positions after Brexit was a public expression of readiness for continued UK–Europe co-operation on defence and...

Data Analytics: A Step-Change in the Fight Against Financial Crime?

25 January 2021, 16:00

This is the second one in a series of three webinars convened based on Financial Crime 2.0, a two-year programme on financial crime and new technology funded by EY, Refinitiv and (during its first year) Lloyds Banking Group. The first webinar in the...

Lord Trenchard Memorial Lecture: Building the Next Generation Royal Air Force – Beyond the Integrated Review

25 January 2021, 13:00

The Integrated Review sets out to define the Government’s ambition for the UK’s role in the world and its long-term strategic aims for our national security and foreign policy. The UK needs Armed Forces which are radically forward-looking, integrate...

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