The Year Ahead
As we begin the year, we look forward to RUSI's busy 2019 research agenda.
Continued work on human trafficking, proliferation finance, sanctions, terrorist financing and the growth of our Financial Crime 2.0 programme with papers on the use of data analytics and cyber-dependent financial crime.
Further Financial Crime 2.0 work on the threats and opportunities of new technologies; publication of a two-year study on ‘Rethinking Counter-terror Finance’; a report on North Korea’s use of cryptocurrencies, and a dedicated programme on asset confiscation and recovery. The Centre will also celebrate its fifth anniversary!
Published two major research reports on the UK defence industrial strategyand UK service accommodation. Subsequently, programme experts John Louth and Trevor Taylor were invited on to UK Government Expert Panel Groups to translate this knowledge into policy options. Programme experts also published a major book with Routledge, UK Defence in the 21st Century.
Future combat air and complex technologies; defence capability generation and artificial intelligence; the condition of the service/veterans community; higher defence management in the UK and NATO.
Published a website on UAV proliferation in the Middle East, worked on the Chinese Maritime Silk Road and hosted a conference on the new Chinese aid agency CIDCA; continued work on our UK—Russia bilateral formatand on the radicalisation of Central Asian migrants in Russia.
Looking at the impact of the Belt and Road Initiative in third locations; social media and extremism in South Asia; UK—Russia relations; exploring the fall-out from the continuing confrontation over the nuclear deal with Iran, and major conferences on international legal precedents in defining international borders and European responses to Japan’s Indo-Pacific strategy.
Continued to deliver the Martial Power programme, as well as more research for external clients than in the past decade. We also started the Modern Deterrence project and doubled the size of the team. That team engaged with more than 9,500 political and military figures around the world.
Examine contemporary conflict, convene and speak at international conferences, publish and inform. New research topics for 2019 include a forthcoming paper on 'The Operating Environment in the 2020s', with 'Strategic Autonomy', and 'Escalation Management' being delivered later in the year.
Major publications on countering violent extremism (CVE), terrorist disengagement in Somalia, machine learning and the police, illicit tobacco, and the security of individuals in public life; a programme of workshops on a wide range of organised crime topicsand a major event on the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy; launch of theGIFCT research network; groundbreaking CVE actions in Kenya.
Research on counter-terrorism including thirteen papers on terrorism and the internet; the launch of a 3-year CVE project for the EU in Afghanistan; a report on what works in CVE; cyber security projects on 5G, and the UK’s National Strategy; research and training in southern Africa on investigating illegal wildlife trafficking; projects on police and intelligence capabilities to deal with organised crime and terrorism.
Examined how North Korea exploits the insurance sector in its proliferation activities, which has set the agenda for government and industry action. Our contributions on the question of denuclearising North Korea also led to our engagement in various governments’ efforts to wrestle with this challenge.
Alongside our counter-proliferation finance research, will take a closer look at North Korean proliferation-related activities, using open source intelligence to expose illicit activities. We will also focus on UK nuclear weapons issues, from deterrence to disarmament.
Latest News from
The Russian Ambassador who Overreached: Why Russia’s Approach to Belarus Could Change23/05/2019 09:05:00
By replacing its controversial ambassador in Belarus, Russia is signalling its readiness to accommodate Belarus’ sensitivities.
The End of the Two-State Solution to the Israel–Palestine Conflict? Turkey and the Kushner Plan20/05/2019 09:25:00
The unveiling of the ‘deal of the century’ to resolve the thorny Arab–Israeli conflict, conjured up by chief negotiator and President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is rumored to be imminent.
Reflections from the Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee Meeting17/05/2019 13:37:00
Our Research Fellow in proliferation and nuclear policy has just returned from the latest meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in an optimistic mood.
A Threat to Jus in Bello: Legal Implications of Iran’s Designation of the US Central Command as a Terrorist Organisation16/05/2019 15:05:00
Iran’s designation of the US Central Command as a terrorist organisation has serious implications for the treatment of its personnel in any conflict.
Uncertainty Remains in Spain amid the Entrance of Far-Right Vox into the Parliament15/05/2019 14:43:00
Immigration, Europe and Catalonia will provide Spain’s Socialists with quite the challenge in the aftermath of the country’s election.
Russian Internet Efforts Go Further Than Just Helping President Trump Being Elected13/05/2019 12:05:00
The findings of Robert Mueller’s report demonstrate the sophistication of Russia’s information operations. Yet the 2016 US election may have been a proof of concept for future efforts.
Britain’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent: Flawed Arguments by Disarmament Doves and Deterrence Hawks10/05/2019 13:38:00
There are flaws on both sides of the debate over the future of the UK's nuclear deterrent.
Reinvigorating the Forgotten Financial Fight Against Al-Shabaab09/05/2019 16:25:00
The lessons learned from disrupting Daesh financing must be applied to the unchecked funding of Al-Shabaab, the jihadist fundamentalist group based in East Africa.