Do the US and UK have the same level of commitment to NATO?

In remarks to a RUSI audience, Professor Christopher Coker of the London School of Economics explores the relationship with the United States and the commitment of both countries to NATO.

Direct download: cokermay2010.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:45am UTC

The Rise of China

A lecture by the Rt. Hon. Lord Patten of Barnes CH, Chancellor, University of Oxford.

The rise of China is transforming the geopolitical landscape. If current growth rates continue, China is expected to become the world's largest economy by the middle of the century, if not before. Her strong economic growth coupled with substantial financial reserves means that China’s international prestige is high. This economic 'coming of age' is increasingly being recognised by a place at the top table of world leaders. In his lecture, Lord Patten discussed how Britain and Europe should engage with a country that will shortly be once again the largest economy in the world.

The Rt. Hon Lord Patten of Barnes CH has held a number of senior national and international appointments including: Conservative Member of Parliament for Bath (1979 to 1992); Secretary of State for the Environment (1989); Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Chairman of the Conservative Party (1990); Governor of Hong Kong, overseeing the return of Hong Kong to China (1992 to 1997); and European Commissioner for External Relations (1999 to 2004). He was elected Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 2003.

Direct download: Patten.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:51pm UTC

How will the political parties shape the defence debate?

Watch RUSI Director Professor Michael Clarke, and RUSI's Director of Military Sciences, Michael Codner, offer their assessment on the defence and security issues that may be raised either prior to or immediately after the UK General Election.

Direct download: rusiexpertview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:14pm UTC

Memo to an incoming government

Part Seven: In the final installment of these interviews, General Sir Mike Jackson, former Chief of the General Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burridge, former commander of British forces during Operation Telic and Rear Admiral Chris Parry, former Director General, Development, Concepts & Doctrine, offer their headline advice to an incoming government.

Direct download: q7advice.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:09pm UTC

Are the Armed Forces used as a political football?

Part Six: General Sir Mike Jackson, Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burridge and Rear Admiral Chris Parry discuss the nexus between political debate and the consensus on the Armed Forces. 

Direct download: elections_politicalfootball6.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00pm UTC

What should our spending priorities be on defence?

Part Five: Continuing their interview, General Sir Mike Jackson, Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burridge and Rear Admiral Chris Parry outline what the defence spending priorities should be for an incoming government on 6 May. 

Direct download: elections_priorities5.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:59pm UTC

What does the government need to do to uphold the military covenant?

Part Four: Continuing their interview, General Sir Mike Jackson, Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burridge and Rear Admiral Chris Parry explore what commitments any government will have to caring for our service men and women.

Direct download: elections_covenant4.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:50pm UTC

Is there a public appetite for defence?

Part Three: Ahead of the British elections on 6 May, senior former military leaders give their assessment of the issues facing defence and security. In this interview, General Sir Mike Jackson, Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burridge and Rear Admiral Chris Parry explore the public perception's to Britain's defence.

Direct download: elections_appetite3.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:34pm UTC

Can Britain continue to stay in Afghanistan?

Part Two: Will the next government and the British public have the staying power to complete the job in Afghanistan? Ahead of the British elections on 6 May, senior former military leaders give their assessment of the issues facing defence and security. General Sir Mike Jackson, Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burridge and Rear Admiral Chris Parry take part in the interview.

Direct download: elections_stayingpower2.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:26pm UTC

What will Britain's role be in future conflict?

Part One: Ahead of the British elections on 6 May, senior former military leaders give their assessment of the issues facing defence and security. General Sir Mike Jackson, Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burridge and Rear Admiral Chris Parry take part in the interview.

Direct download: elections_futureconflicts.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:08pm UTC

A Labour Party View of UK Defence Policy

The Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth, Secretary of State for Defence, outlined his party’s policy of defence in advance of the General Election and subsequent Strategic Defence Review.

Bob Ainsworth was appointed Secretary of State for Defence on 5 June 2009. A Coventry trade unionist and former local councillor with strong roots in the city, he was elected Member of Parliament for Coventry North East in 1992. He was a long serving Whip in both Opposition and Government before he was promoted to his first ministerial position after Peter Mandelson's second resignation in January 2001.

He served five months as junior minister in the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, and after the General Election he was moved to the Home Office with responsibility for Anti-drugs Co-ordination and Organised Crime. In the reshuffle of June 2003, he returned to the Whips’ Office on promotion to Deputy Chief Whip. He served as Minister of State for the Armed Forces prior to his current appointment.

Direct download: 25.04.10_Bob_Ainsworth.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01pm UTC

A Conservative Party View of UK Defence Policy

The Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC MP, Conservative Member of Parliament for Kensington and Chelsea, outlined his party’s policy of defence in advance of the General Election and subsequent Strategic Defence Review.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind was elected as MP for Pentlands in 1974 and represented that constituency until 1997. He became a member of the Cabinet in 1986 as Secretary of State for Scotland. In 1990 he became Secretary of State for Transport and in 1992 Secretary of State for Defence. From 1995 to 1997 he was Foreign Secretary. He served as the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Welfare Reform until December 2005 when he chose to return to the backbenches. He has been selected to fight the new Kensington constituency at the next General Election.

He has also been active in a number of voluntary organisations. Sir Malcolm is a member of the Dulverton Trust, a Vice President of Combat Stress and a Patron of Raleigh International. He has served on the Court of Edinburgh University and is an honorary colonel. He is also a member of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Royal Company of Archers.

Direct download: 21.04.10_-_Sir_Malcolm_Rifkind.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01pm UTC

Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike: Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

Air Chief Marshal Dike discusses Nigeria's quest for enduring security in Africa, addressing the framework for Nigeria's contribution to peace and security and her role in the regional security architecture.

Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike is currently Chief of Defence Staff of the Nigeria Armed Forces. He is also Chairman of the Committee of ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff. His previous posts have included Chief of Air Staff (Nigeria Air Force); Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet; and Commander of the ECOMOG Air Detachment in Freetown, Sierra Leone. His awards include the National Honour Award; Forces Service Star and Distinguished Service Star.

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Direct download: 26.03.10_-_Nigeria_Chief_of_Defence_Staff.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00pm UTC

The Duke of Gloucester Lecture Series: Flood Risk and the Built Environment. Flood Risk Management: Future Directions

A lecture by Robert Runcie, Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management, the Environment Agency, in the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GVCO.

In the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester, RUSI will launch a series of public lectures exploring flood risk and the built environment. The inaugural lecture was given by Robert Runcie, Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management at the Environment Agency.

The lecture discussed the medium and long-term strategy for managing flood risk and enhancing flood resilience in the United Kingdom and will address the implementation of the recommendations made by The Pitt Review. This formal presentation was followed by a panel discussion in which members of the Inter Institutional Flood Risk Management Group posed questions to Mr Runcie, following which the discussion will be opened up to the wider audience.

Direct download: 15.03.10_DGLS.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:00am UTC

The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies and The Art Fund, Britain’s leading art charity, held a reception and debate on the topic of “Commemorating our Armed Forces: Remembrance in a Modern Society”.

Set against the backdrop of the Wootton Bassett phenomenon, a high-profile panel of speakers will came together to discuss our country’s historical approach to remembrance, and whether there is more we could be doing to honour those British servicemen and women who have died in armed conflicts.

Chaired by Channel 4 television presenter, Jon Snow, the debate heard contributions from:

  • Former UK Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt GCB CBE MC
  • Director General of the Imperial War Museum, Diane Lees
  • Director-General of the Royal British Legion, Chris Simpkin
  • Artist and Professor of Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, David Cotterrell
Direct download: 10.03.10_RUSI_Art_Fund.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:39am UTC

William Hague at RUSI 10 Mar 2009

An address by The Rt Hon William Hague MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Senior Member of the Shadow Cabinet.

As the date of the General Election approaches and the electoral campaign is about to begin, Mr Hague addressed members of the Institute on his party’s foreign policy priorities.

Direct download: williamHague_RUSI_090310.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00pm UTC

Bill Rammell MPA lecture by Bill Rammell MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, UK.

Defence is acting to reflect the values of modern society in the way it does business. In his lecture, Bill Rammell addressed the issue of how the UK's Armed Forces can adapt to changes in society and meet the needs of service personnel and their families while maintaining ethos, spirit and effectiveness.

Direct download: BillRammell_RUSI_08.03.10
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:24pm UTC

Dr Liam Fox MPA lecture by Dr Liam Fox MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence and Conservative Member of Parliament for Woodspring.

In his lecture, Dr Fox addressed the challenges the next government is likely to confront while attempting to carry out a Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). He discussed the strategic thinking on which the foundation of a future Conservative government review will be based, the structure of the review and specifically how the Ministry of Defence (MoD) will carry out its role in the SDSR process to best prepare the MoD for the challenges of the Twenty-first Century.

Direct download: LiamFox_RUSI__08.02.10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:21pm UTC

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