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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.

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Countering CBRN At Home and Abroad

23 September 2020, 9:00

REGISTER NOWThe 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...

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CTF Online Symposium No. 3: Financial Intelligence in the Age of Lone Actor Terrorism

23 September 2020, 15:00

Lone actor and small cell terrorists carry-out undetectably simple attacks without being directed or funded by larger organisations. In its current form, is the global architecture aimed at...

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Ansar al Sunna: local trajectories of violent extremism in Kwale County, Kenya

24 September 2020, 9:00

Kwale County on Kenya’s south coast has experienced frequent, if sporadic and low-level, extremist violence over the last decade. Much of this has been interpreted by the media as a three-way battle...

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Africa in Perspective - Spotlight on West Africa

24 September 2020, 12:00

The event will consider measures to tackle the root causes of economic underdevelopment, climate change, insecurity and the ongoing violent conflicts between the state and non-state actors. ...

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Corruption and Finance in the UK: A Reality Check

25 September 2020, 13:15

Just four years after David Cameron’s vow to drive out corruption, the UK remains a destination of choice for money launderers across the globe. The Russia Report raised valid questions about the UK’...

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International Security in Transformation

28 September 2020, 16:00

At a time of such far-reaching changes, the RUSI International Security Studies research group is launching the International Security in Transformation initiative to explore the key developments...

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Rethinking UK Security Policy – Inaugural Event for Rebalancing Expertise in Defence and Security

29 September 2020, 13:00

This discussion will focus on considering UK security policy – both domestic and international - and its role in developing and improving diversity and inclusion. There is often insufficient...

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Tech Startups and National Security: Concrete Steps for Better Collaboration

29 September 2020, 15:00

With the West’s strategic competitors now catching up and sometimes surpassing Western technological capabilities, the innovation gap is now an urgent issue. At this event, Alex Fox (Managing Partner...

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Paper Launch - Decision Points: Rationalising the Armed Forces of European Medium Powers

30 September 2020, 14:00

The return of great power competition makes hard power critical to ensuring national security. Technological advances and economic constraints, however, are making it more expensive and complex to...

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Can National Security be Taught?

30 September 2020, 15:00

In 2017, Latvia’s parliament decided that the country should launch a pioneering national security curriculum. Starting in the 2018/2019...

Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia on Georgia’s Pro-Western Foreign Policy Agenda, Security Threats and the Challenges Ahead

08 October 2020, 11:00

Addressing the key priorities of Georgia’s pro-Western foreign policy agenda, His Excellency Mr Giorgi Gakharia will discuss Georgia’s...

An Online Conversation with Two Former Spymasters

22 October 2020, 16:00

In this wide-ranging conversation, General Petraeus and Sir John Sawers will discuss the next big geopolitical and global security...

Haldane: The Forgotten Statesman Who Shaped Modern Britain

12 November 2020, 16:00

As a philosopher-statesman, Haldane’s groundbreaking proposals on defence, education and government structure were astonishingly ahead of...

How Spies Think: 10 Lessons in Intelligence

17 November 2020, 16:00

Intelligence officers discern the truth. They gather information - often contradictory or incomplete - and, with it, they build the most...

Countering CBRN At Home and Abroad

23 September 2020, 9:00

REGISTER NOWThe 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...

Modern Deterrence Autumn 2020 Conference (Rescheduled from Autumn 2020)

17 February 2021, 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...

US Elections and International Kleptocracy: What to Watch for

22 September 2020, 16:00

This November, US citizens will choose the President who will lead the country during the next four years. As always, this American election is a global affair with far-reaching implications for other countries. This is especially so when it comes...

Bridging the Innovation Gap: How to Improve Cooperation Between Tech Startups and the National Security Community

22 September 2020, 15:00

Despite efforts to bridge it, the gap between innovative tech startups and the national security community remains an enormous challenge for Western countries.It’s an especially serious issue as strategic competitors such as China can much more...

Progressive Terrorism Studies Webinar Series – Locating Meaning in Salafi Jihadi Content

22 September 2020, 14:00

The research presented by Dr Ali Fisher and Dr Nico Prucha in this session is a synthesis of three studies which have respectively examined: the documents shared in the ‘Caliphate Library’ Telegram channel, a 300,000-page archive of Salafi-Jihadi...

Tom Tugendhat on Reappraising UK Foreign Policy Towards China

22 September 2020, 10:30

The coronavirus crisis and the introduction of a new security law in Hong Kong has underlined the need for a better understanding of China's place in the world and an urgent reappraisal of the UK-China bilateral relationship. In his speech, Tom...

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What role is there for media development in preventing and countering violent extremism? Observations from the STRIVE programme in Kenya.

21 September 2020, 12:00

Media development is rarely discussed in programming to prevent or counter violent extremism (P/CVE). It sits uneasily alongside strategic communication and the use of alternative and counter narratives to respond to propagated narratives by...

Cyber Attacks – What Actual Harm Do They Cause?

18 September 2020, 14:00

After six years leading the UK Government’s approach to cyber security, including as the founding CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre,  Ciaran Martin takes a fresh look at the impact of cyber-attacks on the UK, drawing on his personal...

Sino-Indian Crisis: Instability along the Line of Actual Control

17 September 2020, 12:00

The Sino-Indian border is at its most volatile since the two countries went to war in 1962. The ongoing crisis has seen the first instances of fatalities and firing along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) since 1975, putting the region at risk of...

Extreme Threats to the UK

17 September 2020, 9:00

The UK’s nuclear deterrent is intended to ensure its security against the most extreme threats. According to the 2015 National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review, “it would be irresponsible to assume that the UK will not in...

Building Stronger Societies Webinar Series: Organising Ourselves for the Next Crisis

16 September 2020, 16:00

When the coronavirus pandemic struck the world, a fact that had previously not been considered critical became obvious: most Western countries are ill-prepared for crises. While governments may have plans, crisis preparedness needs to involve the...

Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism (STRIVE II) Kenya

Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism (STRIVE II) Kenya: Project Closing Lessons Learned and Evaluation

16 September 2020, 9:00

READ REPORT STRIVE II Kenya (Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism) is the follow-on programme to STRIVE Horn of Africa, the first EU funded countering violent extremism (CVE) programme in the region.  The programme is coming to a close...

Ahead of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly – Can Multilateralism be Rebuilt for a Post-Covid World: A Conversation Between The Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander and Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens

14 September 2020, 16:00

This wide-ranging conversation covered the multilateral response to the Covid-19 crisis to date and will look ahead to the key themes of the 75th United Nations General Assembly - from Covid to climate, and from biodiversity to gender - and will...

Paper Launch: Management of Defence After the Levene Reforms: What Comes Next?

10 September 2020, 12:00

Generated in part as a contribution to thinking for the Integrated Review, this paper builds on an analysis of almost a century of efforts to promote greater coordination among the individual services and identifies current weaknesses. It ...

Whitehall Briefing - The Future of UK–EU Intelligence Sharing in a Post-Brexit World

09 September 2020, 12:00
RUSI Whitehall

The UK has been deeply embedded in EU security mechanisms for many years. In fact, the UK was instrumental in developing many of the capabilities which are now relied upon to facilitate co-operation and data sharing between member states’...

“Why the Germans Do It Better” Notes from a Grown Up Country

08 September 2020, 16:00

Emerging from a collection of disparate city states 150 years ago, no other country has had as turbulent a history as Germany or enjoyed so much prosperity in such a short time frame. Today, as much of the world succumbs to authoritarianism and...

Keeping Online Payments Safe: Resilience of Digital Payments

02 September 2020, 16:00

Though most transactions go through without problems, the vast volume of transactions and money now changing hands online means online payment systems are a constant target for crime and other subversive activity. How can digital payments be made...

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