Royal United Services Institute outlines detail behind “busy research agenda” for 2019

The various centres of research within the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) have looked back on the many achievements made in 2018 and also taken the opportunity to preview the “busy agenda” that awaits in 2019. RUSI is an independent Think Tank engaged in cutting-edge defence and security research. A unique institution founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI embodies nearly two centuries of forward-thinking free discussion and careful reflection on defence and security matters.

Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies

2018 Highlights
Continued work on human trafficking, proliferation finance, sanctions, terrorist financing and the growth of the Financial Crime 2.0 programme with papers on the use of data analytics and cyber-dependent financial crime.
2019 Agenda
Further Financial Crime 2.0 work on the threats and opportunities of new technologies, the 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 in 2019.

Defence, Industries and Society
2018 Highlights
Published two major research reports on the UK defence industrial strategy and 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 entitled ‘UK Defence in thew 21st Century’.
2019 Agenda
Future combat air and complex technologies, defence capability generation and Artificial Intelligence, the condition of the service/veterans community and higher defence management in the UK and NATO.

International Security Studies
2018 Highlights
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. Also continued work on the UK-Russia bilateral format and the radicalisation of central Asian migrants in Russia.
2019 Agenda
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.

Military Sciences
2018 Highlights
Continued to deliver the Martial Power Programme as well as more research for external clients than in the past decade. 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.
2019 Agenda
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.

National Security Studies
2018 Highlights
Major publications on countering violent extremism, 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 topics and a major event on the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy plus the launch of the GIFCT research network as well as groundbreaking CVE actions in Kenya.
2019 Agenda
Research on counter-terrorism including 13 papers on terrorism and the Internet, the launch of a three-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 and projects on police and intelligence capabilities designed to deal with organised crime and terrorism.

Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
2018 Highlights
Examined how North Korea exploits the insurance sector in its proliferation activities, which has set the agenda for Government and industry action. Contributions on the question of denuclearising North Korea led to engagement in various Governments’ efforts to wrestle with this challenge.
2019 Agenda
Alongside counter-proliferation finance research will be a closer look at North Korean proliferation-related activities using open source intelligence to expose illicit activities. There will also be a keen focus on UK nuclear weapons issues from deterrence through to disarmament.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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