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
Upholding Stability in the Middle East: An Opportunity for Russia–Europe Cooperation?14/02/2019 16:15:00
No single power can ‘fix’ the current turmoil in the Middle East. Still, there may be scope for Russia–Europe cooperation in managing the region’s ills.
Germany Calling: The Bundeswehr, Acquisition and a Broken Narrative13/02/2019 15:05:00
Germany’s armed forces are beset by problems, and procurement difficulties are proving to be intractable.
To Understand the INF Treaty’s Demise, Look to the US Republican Party11/02/2019 11:05:00
The INF Treaty’s demise owes to not only Russian violations but also a fundamental shift in the way the current US administration and much of the Republican Party view arms control.
New Research Network Launched to Understand Latest Trends in Online Terrorist Propaganda08/02/2019 16:05:00
Leading thinktanks and academic institutions from around the world are coming together to understand terrorist exploitation of technology and the digital space.
Charting Britain’s Moves in the South China Sea07/02/2019 09:15:00
A British naval presence in the South China Sea strengthens global security and Britain’s global role. But it must be matched with a more systematic approach to the region, and to China’s defiance of legal norms.
Tom Keatinge at the meeting of the UN Security Council on "Preventing and Countering the financing of terrorism"01/02/2019 14:20:00
Arria formula meeting of the Security Council on "Preventing and Countering the financing of terrorism"
Resilience of Necessity in the Baltics31/01/2019 15:15:15
The fact that the three Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia managed to establish, lose, and restore their sovereign statehood during the 20th Century is no guarantee they will be able to preserve it in the 21st.
A Hard Hardware Breach30/01/2019 09:25:00
Western governments are shedding their inhibitions about naming and shaming states suspected of infiltrating their critical national infrastructure. This is a good step, but should be just the beginning.