Tensions in the Gulf region have soared following a drone and missile attack on Saudi oil facilities, and the Kingdom is faced with a plethora of security challenges. These come at a time of extensive social and economic reforms inside the Kingdom. Prince Khalid discussed all these questions and offered his views on the Kingdom’s security and prosperity in the years to come.  

The conversation was on the record.

Prince Khalid was appointed Ambassador to the UK in April this year. He was educated at Oxford University, where he obtained a degree in Oriental Studies, and then commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Previously, Prince Khalid has served in Berlin, New York and Washington.

Direct download: Prince_Khalid_in_Conversation_Mixdown.mp3
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Professor Malcolm Chalmers and Dr Jonathan Eyal discuss the implications of the premiership of Boris Johnson and the impending Brexit deadline.

Professor Malcolm Chalmers is Deputy Director General at RUSI, Dr Jonathan Eyal is the Associate Director, Strategic Research Partnerships.

Direct download: RUSIAnalysis_BorisJohnsonGovernment.mp3
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The panel of judges have exceptionally this year awarded two medals: John Hussey and Helen Parr received prizes for their books, Waterloo: The Campaign of 1815 and Our Boys respectively. The winners emerged from a strong shortlist of authors writing on military history.

At the award ceremony the winning authors were given the medal by The Duke of Wellington, a member of the Judging Panel and the prime mover behind the establishment of the Medal in honour of the 1st Duke of Wellington, who founded the Institute. Helen Parr and John Hussey addressed the audience on their books, before taking questions from the audience.

Recorded on 10 July 2019 at 18:15

In 2001, Jack Straw became the first senior British government minister to visit Iran since the 1979 revolution and has developed a growing interest in the country ever since. His latest book examines Britain’s extraordinary and tangled relationship with Iran, and why so many Iranians are obsessed with Britain’s role.

Rather as we in the United Kingdom continue to define ourselves by what happened nearly eighty years ago at the start of the Second World War, modern Iranians define themselves by their bloody experience of the Iran–Iraq war of 1980–88, where the country had stood alone against Iraq. The conflict was an act of unprovoked aggression by Saddam Hussein, leader of Iraq. The rest of the world – France, the Soviet Union, later the US and the UK – all piled in to support Iraq, with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States bankrolling Saddam. It was this experience that has helped define Iran’s view of the world, and its attitudes to both its local rivals for power and those further afield.

In his presentation, Jack Straw shed new light on Britain’s difficult relationship with Iran and explore the culture, psychology and history of this fascinating country.

The Rt Hon Jack Straw is one of three senior Ministers to remain in Cabinet throughout the 1997 to 2010 Labour Government. He served as Foreign Secretary (2001 to 2006), Home Secretary (1997 to 2001), Leader of the Commons (2006 to 2007), and Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary (2007 to 2010). He was Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1979 to 7 May 2015, when he retired from the Commons. Before becoming an MP, Jack practiced as a Barrister, and then worked as a Special Adviser in the Labour Government of 1974 to 1979. He served on the Opposition Front Bench from 1980 to 1997. He is a Distinguished Fellow of RUSI and a Visiting Professor at University College London School of Public Policy. Since 2015 he has been Chairman of the Blackburn Youth Zone, and from 2017 a Trustee of the Tauheedul Education Trust. He is a Trustee of the Global Strategy Forum and of the Atlantic Partnership. His other publications include: ‘Last Man Standing: Memoirs of a Political Survivor’ (Macmillan: 2012); Hamlyn Lectures 2012 on Law Reform (CUP).

Direct download: 2019.07.10_-_The_English_Job_Understanding_Iran.mp3
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In this RUSI Analysis podcast, Dr Emma De Angelis interviews Richard Grayson, Professor of Twentieth Century History at Goldsmiths, University of London; Catriona Pennell, Associate Professor of History at the University of Exeter; and Santanu Das, Professor of English Literature at King’s College London. Together, they explore how the centenary of the First World War has been marked in Britain and beyond, and the role played by commemoration in British politics and society today.

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A round table discussion on the up coming NATO summit between Jonathan Eyal, Malcolm Chalmers and Emily Winterbotham.

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RUSI experts Dr Peter Roberts, Dr Jonathan Eyal, Ewan Lawson, Michael Stephens and Justin Bronk discuss possible action against Syria in a week when the Assad regime is accused of using chemical weapons against its civilians.


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RUSI Director General Dr Karin von Hippel spoke on the Today programme offering her assessment on the Syrian Civil War and the prospects for peace.

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RUSI Deputy Director General discusses UK defence spending a month ahead of the Budget. 

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RUSI hosted a panel to discuss Prof Theo Farrell’s new book ‘Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan, 2001-2014’ - regarded as  the ‘definitive history’ of the UK’s intervention, drawing on military reports and government documents, as well as interviews with Western commanders, senior figures in the Taliban, Afghan civilians and British politicians.

The panelists included Michael Clarke, Emily Winterbotham and Mark Urban

The panel gave their perspective on the book and offered their own personal experiences from Afghanistan. 

Theo Farrell is an Associate Fellow at RUSI. Theo was Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University London and Head of War Studies at King’s College, London . 


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RUSI hosted a panel to discuss Prof Theo Farrell’s new book ‘Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan, 2001-2014’ - regarded as  the ‘definitive history’ of the UK’s intervention, drawing on military reports and government documents, as well as interviews with Western commanders, senior figures in the Taliban, Afghan civilians and British politicians.

The panelists included Michael Clarke, Emily Winterbotham and Mark Urban

The panel gave their perspective on the book and offered their own personal experiences from Afghanistan. 

Theo Farrell is an Associate Fellow at RUSI. Theo was Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University London and Head of War Studies at King’s College, London . 


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RUSI Visiting Research Fellow Kamal Alam discusses the reported Syrian Army take over of Deir el-Zor from ISIS

Direct download: KA-Syria-050917-BBC-RUSI.mp3
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RUSI Senior Associate Fellow and former Director General Professor Michael Clarke assesses President Trump's new outlined policy for Afghanistan, announced August 2017.

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Elizabeth Pearson and Emily Winterbotham discuss their RUSI Journal article on the role of gender in radicalisation to Daesh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS). They appeared on BBC Woman's Hour on 9 August 2017

Direct download: RUSIJournal-Radicalisation-WomansHour-090817.mp3
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The UK and US are currently preoccupied with domestic politics; in the UK's case with Brexit at the forefront.

But Dr Karin von Hippel, a former State Department adviser and the director of defence and security think tank Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), says the UK is not paying enough attention to global affairs, and the real international threats to its national security.

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RUSI Director General Dr Karin von Hippel discusses the remaining threat posed by ISIS following the imminent fall of Mosul.

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Dr Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director of RUSI speaks with Professor Anand Menon on the UK's place in the world after Brexit and in a Trump Presidency. Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London and Director of the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative.

Direct download: RUSI-ANALYSIS-PODCAST-Menon230117.mp3
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Karin von Hippel appeared on the BBC's Today programme on 21 January to discuss the Trump Presidency the day after his inauguration. 

Direct download: KVH-220117-BBCToday.mp3
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As Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the USA, experts from a range of specialisms discuss what the prospects will be like for his presidency and impact on defence and international security.

Direct download: RUSI-podcast-17-01-17.mp3
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Trump and the Challenges to the Transatlantic Relationship

As Donald Trump prepares to take on the office of US president, RUSI Associate Director Dr Jonathan Eyal speaks to NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu on the prospects for the transatlantic relationship in the year ahead. 

Direct download: Podcast-NATO-Trump-20170116.mp3
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RUSI Military Sciences Director Dr Peter Roberts suggests that a change in international norms and behaviours will have significant impact in how major powers interact, with a heightened risk of escalation and a more unpredictable environment.

Direct download: Roberts-2017_1.mp4
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Associate Director Dr. Jonathan Eyal, argues that in 2017 Europe may see a rise in populist politicians aiming to capitalise on the anti-establishment wave seen in Britain and the US with Brexit and the election of Donald Trump.

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RUSI's Deputy Director General Malcolm Chalmers suggests that 2017 could see increased tension between major powers, especially over areas such as trade and defence.

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Latest New National Security Appointments in the US

Dr Karin von Hippel, Director General of RUSI comments on the latest additions to the next US government, particularly the selection of Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor.

Direct download: KvH-Flynn-BBCworldservice-181116.mp3
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Following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, RUSI Director General Dr Karin von Hippel assesses the victor's foreign policy priorities.

Direct download: KvH-BBC-Today-President-trump-091116.mp3
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Following a reported deal between the United States and Russia to affect peace in Syria, Dr Karin von Hippel, Director General of RUSI offers her perspective on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. 

Direct download: KvH-BBC-Today-100916.mp3
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Was Barak Obama's strategy in Syria a disaster? Dr Karin von Hippel discusses the issue on BBC's Today programme on 20 August 2016.

Direct download: KvH-BBC-Today-20-8-16.mp3
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A RUSI panel chaired by Sir Christopher Meyer, on the impact of the media on the EU referendum. With figures from across the political and media spectrum, as well as the regulatory bodies, RUSI hosted a wide-ranging discussion and try to cut through some of the mythology surrounding the media’s influence. The event was chaired by Sir Christopher Meyer, former chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, and he was joined by the following journalists: Professor Roy Greenslade, City University London Peter Preston, The Guardian Tim Montgomerie, The Times
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RUSI hosted the third RUSI-Ditchley Foundation roundtable, focusing on challenges posed by growing flows of migration to Europe. The panelists were former Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Charles Clarke now Visiting Professor, School of Politics, University of East Anglia, and former chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips OBE, now Director, WebberPhillips. More information about the event here: https://rusi.org/event/europe-and-migration-how-can-flows-be-managed

Direct download: clare-phillips-ditchley-RUSI-Mar2016.mp3
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A briefing with Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Assiri, spokesman of the Arab coalition. Chaired by Sir Simon Mayall.

Direct download: Saudi-Yemen-Briefing_mixdown.mp3
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Dr Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director at RUSI discusses the European Summit and Britain's referendum to stay in the European Union with Professor Malcolm Chalmers, RUSI Deputy Director General, Elizabeth Quintana, Senior Research Fellow and Director of Military Sciences and Professor Trevor Taylor, Senior Research Fellow

Direct download: BrexitRUSIPodcast190216.mp3
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In this episode of the RUSI Analysis Podcast, experts Peter Roberts, Edward Schwarck, Igor Sutyagin and Ewan Lawson debate whether the formulation of strategy really does have any implications in geopolitics.

Does Vladimir Putin truly have a strategy, and does Russia need one to get what it really wants? Can Daesh’s strategy be understood by conventional Western thinking? And should states make their strategies clear to all, or keep their opponents guessing?


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Dr Henry Kissinger Awarded RUSI Chesney Gold Medal

On 15 June 2015, RUSI awarded Dr Henry Kissinger the 36th Chesney Gold Medal. 

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In his lecture to RUSI, Field Marshal Bramall shared his thoughts on the changing face of conflict. Drawing on his unique personal experience of soldiering at every level, dating from his service in the Second World War, he considered how warfare has changed. More importantly, he also reminded us of the lessons we should have been drawing from that and will offer guidance for the future with regards to strategy and execution.


Field Marshal the Lord Bramall of Bushfield KG GCB OBE MC is a British Army officer who served as Chief of the General Staff between 1979 and 1982. He was subsequently appointed Chief of the Defence Staff, the professional head of the British Armed Forces, and served in that role from 1982 to 1985. After his retirement, Field Marshal Bramall served as Lord Lieutenant of Greater London from 1986 to 1998. He was raised to the peerage in 1987 and further invested as a Knight of the Garter (the United Kingdom’s highest order of chivalry) in 1990.

Direct download: Brammall100314.mp3
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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
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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
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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>

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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.

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http://www.rusi.org/analysis 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
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Women from the highest ranks of defence forces from ten countries have been meeting at a conference to celebrate their achievement and discuss the issues they face. Lizz Pearson talks to the organisers of the conference and finds out that the issues are less about gender and more about sharing expertise.

Direct download: RUSIAnalysis_womenindefence.mp3
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Chinese Power and the Eurozone Crisis

In this RUSI Analysis podcast, we turn East to China, lately the focus of European financial hopes. Europe's leaders recently asked China to buy European Financial Stability Fund bonds, a move they hoped would bail Europe out of the financial crisis. But it seems not to have worked, so far. Alexander Neill, RUSI's Senior Research Fellow for Asia Studies discusses the significance of the request and its potential outcomes.

Direct download: RUSIANALYSIS_China_251111.mp3
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Assessing the Libya Campaign

RUSI Director Professor Michael Clarke assesses the Libya military campaign after the fall of Qadhafi and the transition to a new Libyan government. He talks to Lizz Pearson and outlines RUSI's research into this intervention.

Direct download: Libya2011_RUSIAnalysis.mp3
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The Shadow Foreign Secretary addresses RUSI reflecting on the upheaval in the Middle East and challenges for foreign policy.

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Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV, Commander, NATO Training Mission and Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan, on ‘Progress and Challenges to Transition in Afghanistan‘.

The General spoke at RUSI via video link on Friday 23 September 2011. Ten years into the war in Afghanistan, the Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) has begun to assume the lead for security of its country. For the past 22 months, the Afghans, alongside the men and women of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A), have worked tirelessly to develop their Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police to be capable of providing security across Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

In his lecture, Lieutenant General Caldwell will discuss how the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police, assisted by NTM-A’s security force assistance, have generated capable forces which continue to grow in quality and professionalism.

Direct download: CaldwellRUSIsept2011.mp3
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http://www.rusi.org/palestinestatehoodconference for all the videos.

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http://www.rusi.org/cwc Bitish Filmmaker Jon Amiel and leading Hollywood executive Dave Brown take part in the first event of RUSI's Conflict, War and Culture Series. How does the film industry deal with war in the twenty-first century? To what extent is the fantasy violence portrayed in films influencing how we see real wars? Do war films further our understanding of historical events and why do such films come in and out of fashion?

Direct download: amiel_brownFINAL.mp3
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

For more info:

Direct download: 26.03.10_-_Nigeria_Chief_of_Defence_Staff.mp3
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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A lecture by the Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP, Secretary of State for Defence.

Bob Ainsworth discussed the progress being made in Afghanistan, addressing issues of operational welfare and support to troops on operations. He also set out the government’s commitment to Armed Forces personnel in general, including mapping out the implementation of the Service Personnel Command Paper published last year.

Direct download: 17.02.09_RUSI_BobAinsworth.MP3
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Sir Bill Jeffrey KCB - The Challenges Facing Defence

A lecture by Sir Bill Jeffrey KCB, Permanent Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, UK.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recently published a Strategy for Defence. This strategy, focused on the period to 2014, maps out the path to the Defence Review which will take place after the General Election. The immediate goals are clear, even before we undertake a review; we have to succeed in Afghanistan, and any other contingent operations we are asked to undertake in the years ahead; we need to continue to meet our standing tasks against direct threats to the UK and overseas territories, including provision of the UK's independent nuclear deterrent. 

Sir Bill Jeffrey detailed the crucial role that people across defence, both military and civilian, play in tackling these challenges.

Direct download: Sir_Bill_Jeffrey_Lecture_09.12.09.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm UTC

Annual Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture On 3 December 2009 Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Ministry of Defence addressed RUSI members on the UK's operational commitments in Afghanistan. In his annual lecture to the Royal United Services Institute in London, the Chief of the Defence Staff said the Taliban could not win in Afghanistan. But the international coalition could fail if it lost its nerve. He said: 'The Taliban is not going to defeat us militarily, but we want the same patience, courage and discipline that soldiers show here from the public at home.'
Direct download: CDSlecture2009.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:07pm UTC

Alan Doss, Head of MONUC, on UN Peacekeeping in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Direct download: Alan_Doss_at_RUSI.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:26pm UTC

RUSI Director introduces RUSI.org

RUSI.org has been updated to give members and users even greater access to RUSI's work on defence and security.

This new site also marks the launch of RUSI Analysis. This updated online forum will host incisive commentary from experts around the world.

The update to RUSI.org aims to enhance the way RUSI responds to and shapes the global agenda.

Direct download: RUSIorg_INRO.mp4
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 6:18pm UTC

Supreme Allied Commander makes debut speech at RUSI

NATO must become an 'actor in a global world' able to outwit agile enemies and communicate its message to the public, the alliance's newly appointed Supreme Allied Commander in Europe (SACEUR) argued in a keynote speech at the Royal United Services Institute.

Admiral James Stavridis said that NATO must become 'lean, fast and precise' in order to meet an expanded range of threats in the twenty-first century, as it prepares a new Strategic Concept.

In particular, Admiral Stavridis warned that the North Atlantic alliance faced new priorities in cybersecurity and counter-terrorism, and a new area of operations in the High North with the thaw of the Arctic ice. 

Direct download: SACEUR_RUSI_OCT09.mp4
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 4:55pm UTC

How the Armed Forces contribute to Britain's counter-terrorism strategy

On 3 August, Bill Rammell MP gave his first speech as Minister of State for the Armed Forces. Speaking at a RUSI Members’ Lecture chaired by RUSI Vice President Sir David Omand. The Minister used his debut to highlight the defence contribution to UK and international security.

The Minister outlined how the UK Armed Forces are defending the UK's security interests in Afghanistan and those operations fit in with the UK's wider counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. He stressed that the vast majority of the Muslim community was appalled by terrorist groups like Al-Qa’ida and that Islam was being used as a mere ‘smoke-screen’ to carry out extremist aims. Indeed, he stressed the support of the Afghan people for the mission and conceded that rather than an imposition of Western values on the country, the campaign aims to provide a more secure future for Afghanistan. Ultimately, the Minister remained optimistic about UK efforts on the campaign, and although he conceded that counter-terrorism efforts could not take place solely by military intervention, he valued the input of the Armed Forces in maintaining UK security.

Direct download: Rammell_RUSI_3_08_09.MP3
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From the Archives - Robert McNamara at RUSI As the death of former US Defense Secretary Robert McNamara is announced, RUSI.org publishes remarks made by him at the Royal United Services Institute in 2001.

Taking part in a conference on nuclear deterrence organised in conjunction with the Oxford Research Group, Mr McNamara reflected on his own portrayal in the film, Thirteen Days, which explored the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The former US Defense Secretary then went on to reveal his role during this tumultous time in international security

Direct download: RUSI_McNamara_2001.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01pm UTC

The Challenges to Western Engagement with Iran

At the award of the 2009 Westminster Medal for Military Literature, Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman delivered a lecture that illustrated the consequences of difficult choices in framing America's foreign policy towards Iran. Drawing upon his research into President Carter"s response to the events of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Professor Freedman provided historical comparison to the current US administration’s response to the recent political turmoil in Iran. For further information about Medal, visit: www.rusi.org/westminstermedal

Direct download: DOWM2009.MP3
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US and UK Army Chiefs speak at RUSI about the evolution and the challenges to their respective service Outgoing British Army Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt outlines the British Army’s analysis of recent conflicts and the lessons drawn for future conflict. And US Army Chief of Staff, General George Casey, provides an insight into the US Army’s transformation to meet the challenges of twenty-first century warfare. More presentations found at: http://www.rusi.org/landwarfare/presentations/
Direct download: Dannatt_Casey_RUSI_23Jun09.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:23pm UTC

Approaching Iran and the Greater Middle East As Iran chooses between incumbent Ahmedinejad and opposition favourite Mir Hossein Mousavi, a RUSI panel discusses the implications the result will have for international security. What will this mean for President Obama's new posture towards the Middle East? Chaired by Christopher Dickey, Paris Bureau Chief, Middle East Regional Editor, Newsweek International. Speakers: Malcolm Chalmers, Professorial Fellow, RUSI; Sir Richard Dalton, Former UK Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran; and Steven Clemons, Senior Fellow and Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation. The Panel spoke at the RUSI Global Leadership Forum www.rusi.org/globalleadership
Direct download: RUSI_GLF_IranPanel09.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:27pm UTC

RUSI Events Podcasts: Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih on future propects

Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Barham Salih, speaks at RUSI on his country’s recent past and future prospects. Five years from now, he predicts, Iraq will be a dynamic, democratic and economically vibrant presence in the heart of the Middle East.

Watch the news report here: http://tinyurl.com/c3b3aw
Direct download: IRAQIDPM1MAY2009.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:07pm UTC

Sir Mark Allen on the Middle East and Energy Security Former British Ambassador and leading Middle East Expert Sir Mark Allen discusses the importance of Western-Arab Relations in ensuring stable energy supply.
Direct download: allen_RUSI.mp4
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 4:05pm UTC

Annual Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture 2008 Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup takes stock of issues affecting Britain's armed forces in his annual address to RUSI members as the Chief of the Defence Staff.
Direct download: CDS2008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:18pm UTC

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer Ahead of a crucial Defence Ministerial in London, Secretary General of NATO, Mr Jaap de Hoop Scheffer spoke at RUSI and gave a wide-ranging exposition on the key issues facing the transatlantic alliance.
Direct download: Take01.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30pm UTC

Rear Admiral Chris Parry at RUSI Rear Admiral Chris Parry, speaking at RUSI, discusses the extent to which UK strategic thinking, procurement and training are distorted by short-term perspectives and hampered by institutional practices that are highly resistant to innovation and change.
Direct download: Take11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:34pm UTC

Lord Owen on ‘In Sickness and In Power' The Rt. Hon. Lord Owen delivers a lecture at RUSI detailing how some political leaders’ ill-conceived decisions are often connected to their own illnesses.
Direct download: LordOwen_2Sept08_RUSI.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:24am UTC

General Sir Richard Dannatt at RUSI The Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt, explained the way in which the Army has not only adapted to the challenges that it faces today but also, how it will transform in contact to meet the challenges in ten years time.
Direct download: Dannatt.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:27pm UTC

General Kip Ward at RUSI General William ‘Kip’ Ward (Commander, AFRICOM) delivered the keynote address which opened the AFRICOM and US-Africa Relations conference, 18 February 2008, hosted by the Royal United Services Institute.
Direct download: KipWardRUSI.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:29am UTC

Pervez Musharraf at RUSI Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf spoke at RUSI about the challenges Pakistan has faced in recent years and how he envisioned the future of his country and the region. The speech was given while Mr Musharraf was President of Pakistan.
Direct download: MusharrafatRUSI.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:48am UTC

Annual Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture 2007 Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup takes stock of issues affecting Britain's armed forces in his annual address to RUSI members as the Chief of the Defence Staff.
Direct download: Chief_of_Defence_Staff_Annual_Lect.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:17am UTC

Michael Clarke - Strategy and Fortune: British Security Policy in Transition RUSI Director Michael Clarke's Inaugural Lecture analyses the themes underlying a decade of Labour's security policy and the vacillating perceptions of its success and failure, and suggests some of the directions that security policy might take.
Direct download: Michael_Clarke_Speech.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:16am UTC

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair at RUSI
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:19am UTC

Gordon Brown at RUSI Prime Minister Gordon Brown's speech at RUSI concerning key policy perspectives UK national security. The Prime Minister urged a united, resolute, and long-term stance against terrorism. However, a tough approach to combat terror using new powers also demanded stringent accountability to Parliament.
Direct download: GordonBrownRUSI.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:43pm UTC

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