Financial, Cyber & Organised Crime

Topics in this category provide a deep dive exploration of money-laundering, fraud, cyber security, developments in technology and AI, illicit trade and trafficking and how the law can be enforced and policed.


Anti-Money Laundering Policy

RUSI’s research aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the global anti-money laundering regime in an evolving financial crime landscape.

Climate Change and Energy Security

RUSI’s research addresses climate change as the backdrop to all national security, defence and foreign policy discourses.

Cyber Security and Resilience

RUSI’s research explores ways to mitigate the risks from cyber attacks and build cyber-resilient societies.

Cyber Strategy

We examine the most pressing strategic challenges related to cyber policy and strategy.


We examine the scale and methods of cybercrime and its impact on national security and prosperity.

Environmental Crime

Our cutting-edge global research on environmental crime focuses on environmental security, wildlife crime, illegal fishing, corruption and illicit finance.


Our research focuses on the threat of fraud as it relates to money laundering, cybercrime and international security.

Illicit Trade, Trafficking, and Illicit Financial Flows

Global illicit flows take diverse forms that are frequently interlinked, driven by organised crime and able to generate substantial proceeds, posing a significant threat to international security.

Policing and Law Enforcement

We focus on the challenges facing law-enforcement agencies in the 21st century and the opportunities that exist to overcome them.

Proliferation Financing

Proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, such as North Korea and Iran, fund their programmes through illicit means, evading international sanctions in the process.

Technology, Security and Intelligence

RUSI’s research spans areas such as the intersection between technology and geopolitics, ethical and legal applications of AI, technology procurement, FinTech and cyber.

Terrorist Financing

We examine the evolving global counterterrorist financing landscape and seek to develop appropriate and relevant responses to the threat of terrorist financing.