In collaboration with the European Union, RUSI’s CRIMSON project aims to promote regional and trans-regional cooperation to overcome the fragmented approach that arises from different levels of capacity and interest among littoral states; contributing to creating trans-regional synergies and increase maritime security and safety of critical maritime routes. The project focuses on two main regions (the Wider Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea).
Since 2011, RUSI has managed the CORMS project with the European Union, as part of the EU’s wider efforts to fight against organised crime and drug trafficking. The project addresses the challenges of a fragmented law enforcement approach along the trafficking route by promoting regional and trans-regional cooperation. The programme also seeks to build the capacity of law enforcement agencies and judicial bodies addressing cocaine trafficking and related criminal activity such as money laundering and the trafficking of precursor chemicals.
Under the European Union’s Instrument for contributing to Security and Peace, RUSI Europe is implementing the CT MORSE project, designed to ensure that European Union counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism actions benefit from the best of international policy and global lessons learned. RUSI's Terrorism and Conflict research group provides research input into this project.
Project CRAAFT is an academic research and community-building initiative designed to build stronger, more coordinated counter terrorist financing (CTF) capacity across the EU and in its neighbourhood. The project engages with authorities and private entities in order to promote cross-border connectivity and targeted research. RUSI's Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies research group provides research input into Project CRAAFT.
Together with the European Union, RUSI Terrorism and Conflict research group leads a project to strengthen resilience to violent extremism in Kenya (STRIVE). The project, carried out by RUSI’s Nairobi office, is actively contributing towards increasing peace, stability and inclusive economic opportunities for youth and marginalised areas of Kenya by undertaking research and activities to reduce radicalisation and recruitment.
Training on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism
Since 2014, RUSI has conducted five consecutive rounds of training workshops on preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) for the European Union, funded by DEVCO. The training aims to improve the capabilities of EU staff, governments and civil society organisations. Specifically, the training is designed to increase understanding of P/CVE concepts and to provide the methods, tools and approaches to design, implement, monitor and evaluate P/CVE programming.
By March 2020, RUSI had delivered workshops in fifteen locations in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, in addition to five trainings in Europe and America. As part of the same contract, RUSI writes and publishes a guide to EU-supported P/CVE programmes, STRIVE for Development.
Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism in Afghanistan
STRIVE Afghanistan is funded by the European Commission through the Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) and aims to reduce the vulnerability of ‘at risk’ populations in Afghanistan to recruitment into violent extremist groups. Led by RUSI Terrorism and Conflict research group, the project runs January 2019 to mid 2022. The objectives are to research, pilot and measure a variety of interventions which reduce recruitment and to increase the Afghan government’s capacity to understand and effectively respond to such recruitment. Project deliverables include research and data collection, training and capacity building and innovative community-based mentorship programmes and communication initiatives.
Peter W. Brorsen
Director, RUSI Europe