This week, the RUSI Analysis Podcast examines corruption, and how money lost to it can be reclaimed. The issue's the subject of a paper called Plundering the Treasure Chest, published recently by RUSI. It highlights the relevance of corruption to global security, and the success of Western interventions. The research was written by the Deputy Director for RUSI's Defence, Industries and Society Programme, Dr John Louth - with Angela Barkhouse an associate director at Grant Thornton, the independent assurance, tax and advisory firm, and James Maton, a partner with Edwards Wildman Palmer solicitors. This collaboration between sectors is something they all want to see in the process of recovering monies lost by nation states to corruption.. or 'sovereign wealth recovery'.

Direct download: RUSIANALYSIS_Corruption.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50am UTC

Elizabeth Pearson speaks to Thomas Rid, a Reader in War Studies at King’s College, London, and he and colleague Peter McBurney recently wrote about cyberweapons for the RUSI Journal, setting out some pioneering new ideas about their use. I met Thomas Rid at King's to find out more.. and began by asking him if cyberweaponry was any easier to define than cyberwar.. 

Thomas Rid, Reader in War Studies at King's College London. Listen next time when I'll be finding out how corruption is risking global security.. and why the solution doesn't lie with the military or politicians alone

Direct download: RUSIAnlysis_CyberSecurity_Apr2012.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm UTC

Security for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will include the deployment of more than thirteen thousand military personnel joining police and private security teams. The Government revised the Games' security budget up from £282m to £553m in December last year. So what is the terror threat likely to look like? And will the operation be a hindrance to long-term UK counter-terroris>

Category:general -- posted at: 9:34pm UTC

Defence spending cuts are rarely out of the news.  One of the ways of economising is for the UK's Ministry of Defence to spend money on so-called, 'off the shelf' systems.  But there could be problems with that.  In this podcast, Elizabeth Pearson talks to Dr John Louth, Deputy Head of RUSI's Defence Industries and Society Programme.  He's looked into the effects of buying off the shelf - and found it could be a false economy.  I began by asking Dr Louth about the current strategy for Defence buying.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:08pm UTC Lizz Pearson speaks with analyst Dominik Donald who recently wrote in the RUSI Journal analysing the piracy threat off the coast of Somalia.

Direct download: RUSI_PIRACY_PODCAST.mp3
Category:Analysis -- posted at: 2:40pm UTC

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