International Security & Geopolitics

We explore the foreign and security policies and the internal politics of leading states and look at the impact this has from a global perspective and on the UK as an international actor.


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.

Conflict and Security

RUSI’s work offers detailed conflict analysis set against different contexts, and examines conflict prevention, resolution and longer-term recovery.

Environmental Crime

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

Gender and Security

This topic focuses on gender and its impact on conflict, extremism and security, highlighting the importance of a gender lens in policy and programming.


We examine the complex challenges surrounding the design and implementation of sanctions and identify both public and private sector-based solutions and areas for collaboration.

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.

UK Foreign and Security Policy

RUSI analyses today’s critical UK foreign policy issues, including the impact of Brexit, the response to Russia and China, and the Asian Pivot.