Lord Cameron Visits RUSI to mark Partnership with the International Churchill Society

The Foreign Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton was the guest of honour at a reception at RUSI’s 61 Whitehall home, celebrating the new partnership between the Institute and the International Churchill Society (ICS) and unveiling a new bust of Sir Winston Churchill. As part of the partnership, trustees, friends and supporters of the ICS will collectively donate £1 million to RUSI to support its work and research.

In recognition of this generous gift, RUSI will name the second floor of its newly restored building in honour of Sir Winston Churchill, and pledge to preserve and promote the historic legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.

The initiative has been led by Laurence Geller, RUSI Trustee and former Chairman of the ICS. Its successful completion will further strengthen collaboration between RUSI and the ICS, whose significant donation will also expand the Institute’s ability to produce incisive and impactful research on critical contemporary challenges.

Reflecting on the announcement, Sir David Lidington, RUSI’s Chair said:

I am immensely grateful to the International Churchill Society for such a generous donation. The ICS’s gift will allow RUSI to invest further in its research and conference facilities, supporting our charitable mission to deliver independent and impartial analysis about the most pressing defence and security challenges here in the UK and globally.
Lidington KCB CBE

The Rt Hon Sir David Lidington KCB CBE


Dr Karin von Hippel, RUSI’s Director-General, added:

ICS’s significant donation will make a big difference to our ability to deliver impactful research. It’s a vote of confidence in the quality of our research and staff across the Institute.
von Hippel

Dr Karin von Hippel


Laurence Geller, RUSI Trustee and former Chairman of the ICS, said:

The partnership between the ICS and RUSI is one for which we are extremely grateful. RUSI is leading the way in promoting topics that include the public debate of defence, security and international affairs, all of which were greatly influenced by Churchill in his lifetime and kept alive today by the International Churchill Society... Over the years, the International Churchill Society and RUSI has hosted some of the most formidable foreign secretaries, and our incumbent is no exception.
Geller CBE

Laurence Geller CBE


About the International Churchill Society

The International Churchill Society is dedicated to preserving and promoting the historic legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. For the benefit of scholars, students, and Churchillians, the Society’s activities, publications, and programs are conducted through the joint resources of the National Churchill Leadership Center at The George Washington University in Washington, DC and America’s National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.


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