The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is the world’s oldest and the UK’s leading defence and security think tank. Its mission is to inform, influence and enhance public debate on a safer and more stable world. RUSI is a research-led institute, producing independent, practical and innovative analysis to address today’s complex challenges.

Since its foundation in 1831, RUSI has relied on its members to support its activities. Together with revenue from research, publications and conferences, RUSI has sustained its political independence for 188 years.

In recent years, RUSI’s geographical and thematic scope has expanded to reflect the challenges of the twenty-first century – from the changing character of war, to online radicalisation, to the rise of China.

Areas of Expertise include:

  • Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies
  • Defence, Industries and Society
  • Organised Crime and Policing
  • Terrorism and Conflict
  • International Security Studies
  • Military Sciences
  • Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
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Recent Reports

By Emily Winterbotham

This report from UK think tank RUSI looks at assessing the evidence base for preventing and countering violent extremism. Forming…

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By Cristina Varriale

This report from UK think tank RUSI looks at how Europe perceives the UK’s disarmament verification efforts. This paper uses…

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By Trevor Taylor; Andrew Curtis

This report from UK think tank RUSI looks at the major steps taking in integrating UK defence forces and the…

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By Gary D Brown

This report from UK think tank RUSI looks at a response framework for states to avoid unintentionally engaging in armed…

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By James Byrne; Joe Byrne; Gary Somerville; Hamish Macdonald

This report from UK think tank RUSI looks at North Korea's trade networks in Dandong. This report analyses North Korea's…

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By Veerle Nouwens; Emily Ferris

This report from UK think tank RUSI looks at how Serbia balances the interests of Russia and China to its…

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By John Kampfner

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines Russian and Chinese influence in Germany. In the third paper in RUSI's…

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By Justin Bronk

This report from UK think tank RUSI looks at the different options for the future of UK combat air. This…

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The future of democracy in Belarus

This event, hosted by UK think tank RUSI will discuss Europe's next challenge, the future of democracy in Belarus. More…

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Current Opportunities

Social Media Officer – RUSI

RUSI is looking to appoint a Social Media Officer who will help the Institute pursue a dynamic social media strategy. We are seeking an enthusiastic and creative individual who loves social media and can identify, and post, engaging content for our social media feeds. Working as part of RUSI’s communications team, the postholder will partner… Read more »

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