Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI)

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is an independent think tank engaged in cutting edge defence and security research. A unique institution, founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI embodies nearly two centuries of forward thinking, free discussion and careful reflection on defence and security matters.

The Institute has four main activities:

Research

To undertake rigorous, expert and objective analysis of current trends and developments, both for the Institute's own publications and events and commissioned privately for clients.

Events

To offer a programme of conferences, seminars, workshops and talks by leading experts providing insight to and fostering debate among practitioners, policy makers and analysts.

Publications

To publish a varied collection of periodicals that are timely, innovative and relevant, designed to meet the needs of members and others.

Service to members

To provide corporate and individual members with exclusive access to the UK's premier community on defence and security issues through an extensive range of events, publications and research, detailed above.

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7747 2600
Royal United Services Institute for Defence & Security Studies (RUSI)
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SW1A 2ET London
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Videos

RUSI Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture 2012

The annual Christmas lecture to the Royal United Services Institute by General Sir David Richards GCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Ministry of Defence.

This 2012 lecture elaborates on how the new Joint Forces Command and the changes in the armed forces as a result of the 2010 National Security Strategy (NSS) and the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) will need to adapt to contingency operations and to more steady-state defence engagement as a means of conflict prevention, especially after the withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014. This will include military contributions to Security Sector Reform as part of the joint Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)/Ministry of Defence (MOD) Defence Engagement Strategy.

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Policy and Research Papers

In the Public's Eye: The British Army and Military-Media Relations

This article explores the changing relationship between the British military and the media through recent conflicts. In particular, it highlights the dangers of military doctrines incorporating media relations into psychological operations and military deception, leading to the conflation of terminology refering to the media and the 'enemy'. 

For full access to In the Public's Eye: The British Army and Military-Media Relations, please kindly follow the link. 

Paper

Gender and Violent Extremism

In recent years, Kenya has seen an increasing interest in understanding the participation of women in violent extremist activity. This report summarises the proceedings of a research seminar jointly hosted by RUSI and the French Institute for Research in Africa that investigated women's involvement with violent extremist organisations and the gendered impact of violent extremism.

For full access to the conference paper, Gender and Violent Extremism, please follow the link.  

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Other Documents

Gender and Violent Extremism I Conference Report

In recent years, Kenya has seen an increasing interest in understanding the participation of women in violent extremist activity. This report summarises the proceedings of a research seminar jointly hosted by RUSI and the French Institute for Research in Africa that investigated women's involvement with violent extremist organisations and the gendered impact of violent extremism.

For full access to the conference report, Gender and Violent Extremism, kindly follow the link. 

Other Document