Xinjiang trade raises doubts over China’s “Belt and Road” plan
If this pattern holds, it will be important for countries that deal with China to look beyond the visionary rhetoric of the BRI (Belt and Roads Inititative) and engage instead with actual projects that are bankable. This requires a focus on what made sense before the BRI was announced.
Turkey’s tilt East is no threat to western powers
The West probably doesn’t need to worry about Russia displacing the western-Turkish relationship – but it may need to be concerned about that same relationship deteriorating as the result of other factors. Russia, in this regard, is a sideshow – a lack of a cohesive and constructive western engagement with Turkey, and the wider region, is far more pertinent to consider.
Liz Quintana on the West’s response to Russian technology use, Sky News, 8 August
Quoted in the Media
Brexit BEGINS: UK set to quit EUROPOL first before EU police force launches expansion
Raffaello Pantucci, counter-terrorism expert at the Royal United Services Institute in London, said: "Cooperation is the way forward when it comes to counter-terrorism, so from a practical perspective it would make sense to be part of Europol. "However, the agency became a feature of the Brexit debate, and I assume that the politics of it will be more complicated in the coming months."
UK Defence Planning
U.K. to Establish Fund for Development of Next Generation Military Equipment
'Numerous countries were looking to develop their own defense industrial capabilities to reduce their dependence on foreign suppliers and boost their own economies.'
The messy business of implementing Brexit
Nevertheless, the UK will need to remain a strong security provider for European partners and other allies, which we may see as a key bargaining chip in negotiations with the EU, as suggested by RUSI deputy-director-general Professor Malcolm Chalmers.
UK Defence Budget Facing A “Perfect Storm”
The Royal United Services Institute think tank said the UK paid the US around $10 billion a year for defence products including nine P8 maritime patrol aircraft, 138 F-35B aircrafts and 50 Apache aircraft.
Forces TV, 10 August
Ministry of Defence 'facing extra £700m costs post Brexit'
The Ministry of Defence is facing extra costs of up to £700m a year following the UK's Brexit vote, experts warn. The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) says this is due to the fall in sterling where military equipment purchases have been made in US dollars.
BBC, 10 August
Ministry of Defence facing £700 million black hole after pound slumps against dollar
The Royal United Services Institute (Rusi), a defence think tank, has warned that the cost of buying planes, helicopters and missiles from the US has increased after the Brexit vote.
The Telegraph, 10 August
Defence expert forecasts 'perfect storm' in military spending after Brexit
Defence thinktank the Royal United Services Institute said the MoD’s bills were set to increase by about £700m each year due to the plummeting value of the pound against the dollar.
PoliticsHome, 10 August
Brexit Briefing: Balance at the BBC
The Ministry of Defence is facing extra costs of up to £700m a year following the Brexit vote, largely because of a fall in sterling, says Royal United Services Institute.
Financial Times, 11 August
Russia’s International Relationships
Is Ukraine Just About to Blow?
One of the units filmed driving armored personnel carriers through Kerch seemingly supports this analysis. Dr. Igor Sutyagin, a Russian military expert at the London-based Royal United Services Institute, told The Daily Beast that he recognized the insignia of the 127th Reconnaissance Brigade, a unit formed last year in Sevastopol.
Behind the story: A return to the tactics of Cold War boosts Putin
President Putin’s use of force and propaganda are not so different from the Cold War, Russia watchers say. “The difference is there is no ideology,” Igor Sutyagin, senior research fellow in Russian studies at the Royal United Services Institute, said. “It is a return to the imperial competition of the 19th century.
As Kremlin sets up propaganda HQ in (of all places) Edinburgh, are Putin's beauties on a secret mission to break up the UK?
Earlier this year, Parliament was presented with a report prepared by Jonathan Eyal, of the Royal United Services Institute, and Ben Nimmo, a former Nato press officer. They concluded: ‘Russia’s information warfare in the UK can best be thought of as an attempt to airbrush reality. Both RT and Sputnik regularly and systematically violate journalistic standards in a way which serves the Kremlin’s interests.’
Can Putin really 'win' the Syrian conflict?
Russia still has options in Syria: in principle, it could exit the conflict at any time. To secure its interests, as it will seek to do, Russia is in the long run likely to be more flexible on negotiating a settlement than some of its allies. To reach that stage, it must keep fighting other powers in this multi-layered struggle, thus adding numerous other interests to the mix and reducing its own control over the outcome.
Mood Darkens Among Restless Iranians Wanting Rouhani to Deliver
“The push back from hardliners is very strong and will likely increase,” said Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, a research fellow in Middle East Security at the Royal United Services Institute in London. If Rouhani can’t show “concrete benefits” from his diplomatic success, he may “have difficulty getting the support he needs to be re-elected,” she said.
Cyber insiders: Putting warriors on the front line against hack attacks
Ewan Lawson, Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), offers an insight into why the MoD chose to detect aptitude rather than recruit individuals who already have proven cyber skills. “There is a sense that the existing military career and organisational structure can only deliver so much in terms of capability,” he says. “There are very few people with computer science degrees who want to be pilots, for example. DCAT would be aimed at younger people who have no formal IT qualifications but have previously unrecognised skills.”
Israeli parliament recommends creation of national cyber-authority
Ewan Lawson, a senior fellow for military influence at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) told SC that the UK might benefit from a similar move. “From a UK perspective, I would argue that the fragmentation of cyber-security across so many HMG departments is probably unhelpful. However, added Lawson, “On balance I would be reluctant to support bringing it all together under one roof.”
Gold standard for Nationwide's military support
Another key element of Nationwide’s military support work stream is a major piece of research currently being carried out with renowned military think tank Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on the Military Covenant. Expected to launch in the autumn, the report will provide in-depth analysis of how organisations put the Military Covenant into practice.
Thisiswiltshire, 9 August
Germany mulls stripping citizenship in terror crackdown
“If a person is not conducive to being a valuable participant of society then it’s logical to take these people out of the stream. But it has to be used judiciously.”
Police arrest two women over ‘security pass scam' at Heathrow Airport
Raffaello Pantucci, from the Royal United Services Institute, said: "It is quite worrying as any lapse in airport security can present a major risk. "The last big terror attack in aviation was the Russian Metrojet flight brought down over Sinai by a bomb, and those responsible had help from the inside at the airport. "So there's always concern someone may want a pass to try to smuggle a bomb on the plane."
Europe Offering Welfare for Terrorists
“We’ve identified that the benefit system is vulnerable to abuse for terrorist financing purposes,” Tom Keatinge, director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London, told WSJ. “What are we going to do about that?”
Gaza aid workers fear impact of Hamas collusion allegations
Keatinge said the allegations could make banks reconsider their services for large NGOs not just in Gaza but in other areas where “terrorist” groups are operating, such as in Syria.
“I wouldn’t quite say this is a deathblow, but it is very serious.”
Terrorism in Pakistan
Lawyers seemingly targetted in Pakistan hospital attack
Shashank Joshi is a London-based senior fellow with the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security studies, a research and policy group. He has told Sky News, Pakistan can be a dangerous place for lawyers. "Lawyers doing their job in Pakistan means that they are enmeshing themselves in very messy political struggles. It's easy to make enemies, whether those enemies are the government itself or militant groups who may not like the person you defended, the person whose trial you're represented at, the person you prosecuted. It's very easy to make enemies with the wrong sort of person. And in an environment as, I won't say lawless, but as uncontrolled as parts of Pakistan, it's easy to settle these scores in very, very deadly, destructive ways."