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.
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NATO and the ‘Disruptive’ French President19/11/2019 11:05:00
The contemptuous reactions from seasonsed analysts to Emmanuel Macron’s NATO comments actually reinforce the French president’s argument.
RUSI Receives Largest Philanthropic Donations To Date In Support Of Historic Headquarter Redevelopment18/11/2019 11:05:00
RUSI is delighted to announce two substantial donations towards its appeal for 61 Whitehall, the Institute’s iconic home opposite Downing Street, in the heart of the capital.
We Should Exempt Africa from the UK-Russia Geopolitical Confrontation15/11/2019 14:20:00
Their differences notwithstanding, the UK and Russia could cooperate in Africa.
Planning for the Next Strategic Defence and Security Review – A Much-Needed Peg in the Ground13/11/2019 15:05:00
Although the UK government will face a full agenda in the immediate aftermath of the general election, a high priority must be confirmation of its intent to undertake a strategic defence and security review in 2020.
France and NATO: President Macron Gets Clinical08/11/2019 13:20:00
The French president’s criticism of NATO is not only unsubstantiated, but also detrimental to France itself.
NATO vs Russia at 7007/11/2019 13:05:00
The competition between NATO and Russia is not going the Alliance’s way. Russia has encircled Europe and divided the Alliance. How odd then that NATO is in such a self-congratulatory mood on its 70th anniversary.
The EU Assesses Cyber Security and 5G Networks25/10/2019 15:37:00
The EU’s consolidated risk assessment of the cyber security of 5G networks is not just about Huawei. It highlights wider cyber security risks to 5G networks.
It’s Time to Reform and Refocus the Financial Action Task Force24/10/2019 14:25:00
The FATF is overstretched. Its responsibilities and the efficiency and effectiveness of its evaluation process must be reassessed.
RUSI Experts Welcome Renewed Global Commitment to Target Financial Proceeds of Illegal Wildlife Trade21/10/2019 16:05:00
Experts at the Royal United Services Institute have welcomed today’s commitment to combatting the illegal wildlife trade by the Financial Action Task Force, the intergovernmental body dedicated to combatting money laundering.