RUSI

The Royal United Services Institute is the world’s oldest and the UK’s leading defence and security think tank. An Independent institution, RUSI produces evidence-based research, publications and events on defence, security and international affairs to help build a safer UK and a more secure, equitable and stable world.

As a research-led institution, all RUSI activity is linked to its world-class research base. RUSI analysis is accurate, objective and policy relevant. RUSI maintains a wide range of multidisciplinary research specialisms, split across nine research groups as well as extensive network of eminent associates and consultants. 

RUSI is the podium of choice for world leaders and senior policy-makers and attracts high quality speakers and participants at its events, which vary in size and format from seminars to conferences.

RUSI is also a membership led organisation, with its members – both individual and corporate – enjoying unique access to the defence and security community.


Latest reports

A methodology for degrading the arms of the Russian federation

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines a methodology for degrading the arms of the Russian federation. Ukraine’s international partners have been seeking to curtail Russian defence production through the sanctioning of Russian-affiliated individuals and entities and the disruption of Russian sanctions circumvention and covert procurement of military components on the international market since...

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Weaponisation of the FATF Standards: a guide for global civil society

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines the weaponisation of the FATF Standards. This guide endeavours to convert anecdotal evidence of abuses and misuses of the FATF system into an impartial body of research that can support existing advocacy and policymaking efforts. The standards and processes of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) are...

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EU strategic communications to support sanctions against Russia

This report from UK think tank RUSI offers a data-driven analysis of the EU’s strategic communications on sanctions against Russia. This paper examines the question: How does the EU use strategic communications to persuade third countries to cooperate on sanctions? The paper analyses how the EU is using arguments linked to upholding values and appealing...

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Beyond deadlock: opportunities for Western engagement with the Taliban

This report from UK think tank RUSI highlights the Taliban’s agendas and modes of operation in order to gain a better understanding of how to move forward. While international media attention is currently diverted to the wars in Ukraine and Gaza, the question of whether to engage with the Taliban’s de facto government remains a...

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The implementation of P/CVE in conflicts: lessons from STRIVE Afghanistan

This report from UK think tank RUSI outlines recommendations for the effective implementation of P/CVE programmes in conflict settings. Terrorism continues to take place primarily in contexts of violent conflict. According to the 2023 Global Terrorism Index, in 2022, more than 88% of terrorism-related attacks and 98% of terrorism deaths occurred in countries experiencing conflict....

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Disabling the enablers of sanctions circumvention

This report from UK think tank RUSI illustrates how fundamental policy and practice gaps allow enablers to improperly protect assets and interests from sanctions. This brief analyses a sample of over 100 relevant recent investigative reports, by OCCRP and other media outlets, on Russian and Belarusian individuals and entities who have been aided by professional service...

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Challenges for counter-proliferation finance and sanctions control in banking

This report from UK think tank RUSI focuses on international and unilateral sanctions frameworks regarding the proliferation of WMDs. This report focuses on international and unilateral sanctions frameworks regarding the proliferation of WMDs in North Korea, Iran and Russia, identifying the challenges of implementing counter-proliferation finance and sanctions controls.

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The Indo-Pacific in Indian foreign policy

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines the Indo-Pacific in Indian foreign policy. This Policy Brief examines India’s initial caution in embracing the role of the Indo-Pacific in India’s strategic outlook, the changing geopolitical circumstances that led New Delhi to adopt a more proactive approach, and how India’s Indo-Pacific strategy is impacting relationships with...

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Combating kleptocracy: lessons from the response to Russia’s war in Ukraine

This report from UK think tank RUSI explores the state of efforts to combat modern kleptocracy before February 2022. Two years on from the invasion of Ukraine, this paper explores the state of efforts to combat modern kleptocracy before February 2022 and assesses how the Kremlin’s war has catalysed a range of responses from Western...

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Requirements for the command and control of the UK’s ground-based air defence

This report from UK think tank RUSI seeks to outline the trajectory of the future air threat environment, as well as the components critical to meeting that threat. The purpose of this paper is to identify requirements for the command and control (C2) of the British Army’s ground-based air defences (GBAD) within an overarching integrated...

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Assuring the tactical sustainment of land forces on the modern battlefield

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines the evolving threat and necessary mitigations to enable the tactical sustainment of land forces. This paper examines the evolving threat and necessary mitigations to enable the tactical sustainment of land forces between the corps support area and last mile resupply. It postulates three challenges that increasing battlefield...

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Mass Precision Strike: designing UAV complexes for land forces

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines how UAVs offer the most utility to land forces. This paper addresses the question of what components are necessary for land forces to field a UAV complex that can deliver precision effects en masse to maximise the efficiency of exchange with an enemy. Russia’s full-scale invasion of...

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Upholding North Korea sanctions in the age of decentralised finance

This report from UK think tank RUSI forms part of a series of research projects to understand and mitigate obstacles to UN sanctions implementation. This paper aims to examine cryptocurrency mixers’ distinct technical, legal and regulatory dimensions and the challenges they pose to the sanctions regime. The paper provides detailed background information on North Korea’s...

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Bracing for 2025: The UK and European security under a Trump presidency

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines the possibility of Donald Trump's potentially radical programme of change. This paper examines the possibility of Donald Trump’s potentially radical programme of change, both at home and abroad, with a focus on the US foreign policy programme. It outlines the economic factors underpinning US defence and security...

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Power plays

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines the trade in Russian enriched uranium. This report examines the extent of Western (European and US) dependencies on Russian enriched uranium and identifies ways in which Rosatom may be continuing to access global, including Western, nuclear fuel supply chains, despite some efforts in the US and Europe...

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