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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.

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...

The Future of Energy Security and National Resilience

12 July 2021, 16:00

In this wide-ranging discussion, panellists will reflect on some of the key issues that will need to be addressed as part of the wider...

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...

Sea Power Virtual Conference 2021: Transforming Maritime Forces For an Age of Persistent Competition

25 February 2021, 12:15

It now verges on a truism to note that the future operating environment will be characterized by persistent competition.  The distinction between peacetime and war is increasingly blurred, as nations’ strategic and operational concepts come to...

Enemy at the Gates – the growing challenge of external interference

24 February 2021, 14:00

In the growing friction between the West and strategic competitors such as China and Russia, businesses in our countries can no longer remain just bystanders. Businesses are indirectly affected as interference - in election processes, for instance...

Project Launch: Reviewing Effectiveness of Counter-Terrorism and Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Activities

24 February 2021, 10:00

RUSI’s Terrorism and Conflict Research Group has conducted a systematic literature review, funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, looking at the effectiveness of counter-terrorism (CT) and efforts to prevent and counter violent...

South Africa and Democracy in Africa

24 February 2021, 9:00

The recent elections in Uganda have highlighted the risk that Africa is facing a democratic pushback after two decades of progress in moving away from authoritarian orders.  With the continent facing a series of key elections in 2021 and 2022, there...

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...

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