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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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Russia in the Eastern Mediterranean

11 November 2020, 15:00

September marked the fifth anniversary of Russia’s intervention in the Syrian Civil War. During this time, Russia’s presence across the region has substantially grown. Indeed, Russia’s involvement in...

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The African Soldiers of the First World War

11 November 2020, 16:00

At 11am on the second Sunday in November, Britain holds Remembrance Sunday to commemorate its fallen soldiers. Up and down the country, crowds of people gather to pay their respects to those who...

RUSI Members Only

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 his time. He was the creator of the Territorial Army and the...

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Paper Launch - War by Others' Means

13 November 2020, 14:00

Working with partnered forces may extend the reach of a small military, but how can access be converted into influence, training into improved capability, and what are the limits of transferring...

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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 accurate possible image of the world. With the stakes at their...

Major Corporate Level Members and Above

Rising Global Violence – Where, When, Why?

25 November 2020, 14:00

Around the globe violence is on the rise. Fifty years of bipolar antagonism gave way to 20 years of the American Moment. Now that relative geopolitical certainty is fading as other states challenge...

RUSI Members Only

Annual Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture 2020

03 December 2020, 15:30

Lecture by General Sir Nick Carter GCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Ministry of Defence.The Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture is held annually at RUSI and is a feature in the...

RUSI Members Only

MI9: A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in World War Two

09 December 2020, 16:00

When Allied fighters were trapped behind enemy lines, one branch of military intelligence helped them escape: MI9. The organisation set up clandestine routes which traversed Nazi-occupied Europe,...

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Building Stronger Societies: Involving Teenagers in National Security

29 October 2020, 16:00

With national security threats growing, countries are looking increasingly to teenagers as a resource. Traditional conscription, as...

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...

Annual Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture 2020

03 December 2020, 15:30

Lecture by General Sir Nick Carter GCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Ministry of Defence.The Chief of the Defence Staff...

MI9: A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in World War Two

09 December 2020, 16:00

When Allied fighters were trapped behind enemy lines, one branch of military intelligence helped them escape: MI9. The organisation set up...

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

30 September 2020, 14:00

ACCESS THE PAPER 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 field credible military...

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, UK National Security Strategic Investment Fund...

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

29 September 2020, 13:00

This discussion focuses on considering UK security policy – both domestic and international - and its role in developing and improving diversity and inclusion. There is often insufficient diversity in the voices contributing to important...

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 reshaping security around the world. The...

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’s seemingly lax anti-corruption and illicit...

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.  Particular attention will be given to initiatives to...

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 for supremacy between al Shabaab loyalists,...

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

23 September 2020, 15:00

CTF Online Symposium No. 4: Find out moreLone 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 countering the...

Countering CBRN At Home and Abroad

23 September 2020, 9:00

ACCESS 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 nerve agent attack on British soil. Although there has...

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...

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