Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies

RUSI (United Kingdom)

The Royal United Services Institute is an independent, London-based 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.

RUSI’s Proliferation and Nuclear Policy programme provides detailed analysis and research on contemporary nuclear weapons issues. The programme’s research includes work on: North Korean and Iranian nuclear diplomacy; countering proliferation finance; sanctions regimes imposed to address proliferation threats; the structure, operations, and evasion tactics of North Korean proliferation networks; the UK’s nuclear weapons programme and its policies on arms control and deterrence; contemporary stresses on the non-proliferation regime, and UK policy towards it; and the effect of advanced conventional precision-strike capabilities on nuclear stability. RUSI’s Proliferation and Nuclear Policy team takes part in Track II dialogues, both discreet and public, which includes leading the UK component of the high-level, France/UK/US Trilateral Nuclear Dialogues. The programme also hosts the UK Project on Nuclear Issues (UK PONI) – a cross-generational initiative that connects emerging nuclear scholars and professionals with established experts.

Contact information

Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

61 Whitehall, London
SW1A 2ET, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 2600
Website: http://www.rusi.org

POINT OF CONTACT

Darya Dolzikova

Research Analyst, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
daryad@rusi.org

The team

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Prof. Malcolm Chalmers
Deputy Director General
Professor Malcolm Chalmers is Deputy Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). His research is focused on UK defence, foreign and security policy. His recent publications have included studies on: Brexit and European security; the UK’s Modernising Defence Programme review; prospects for, and implications of, a war in Korea; the UK and the North Atlantic; implications of Brexit for UK foreign and security policy; future nuclear threats to the UK; the 2015 Spending Review outcome for the MoD, FCO, Home Office, DFID and cross-government funds. In recent months, he led RUSI ‘track 2’ delegations to Taiwan and Russia; led the UK delegation to the Trilateral Nuclear Dialogue in Washington DC; and was the only UK expert to participate in the consultation conference for France’s Defence Review.

Chalmers was a member of the consultative panel for both the 2010 and 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Reviews (SDSR), and a member of the external advisory group for DFID’s Building Stability Strategy. He is an Adviser to Parliament’s Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy (since 2012). He was a Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, Kings College, London (2008-2011). During 2006-2007, he was a Senior Special Adviser in the FCO to Foreign Secretaries Jack Straw MP and Margaret Beckett MP.

  • Proliferation and nuclear policy
  • UK defence policy and operations
  • UK foreign and security policy
  • UK defence budgets
Emil Dall
Research Fellow, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
Emil Dall is a Research Fellow in the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme at RUSI, where his research focuses on sanctions, illicit finance and nuclear and missile proliferation, particularly North Korea.

Emil leads the team’s work on countering proliferation finance (CPF). Specifically, his work on CPF has focused on:

  • Conducting research into, and raising awareness of, the (illicit) financial networks of proliferators.
  • Examining weaknesses in the design and implementation of international sanctions against proliferators (including North Korea), understanding the role of governments and financial institutions in countering proliferation finance and the challenges they face in doing so.
  • Working with a range of governments to strengthen their design and implementation of international sanctions requirements.
  • Collaborating with policymakers, international organisations and other stakeholders concerned with matters of sanctions and financial crime.
  • Publishing reports and articles on sanctions and CPF-related issues, as well as producing guidance papers and policy briefs specifically for governmental, financial or private sector audiences.

Emil has contributed to prominent media outlets, including BBC and Sky News, as well as various conferences and international policy forums.

Prior to joining RUSI in 2015, Emil was a risk analyst for a major international insurer operating out of Lloyd’s of London, and before that he was a researcher at the Policy Institute at King’s College London. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and was part of the 2017 Nuclear Scholars Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

  • Proliferation and nuclear policy
  • Sanctions policy
  • Global security issues
  • North Korea
  • Nuclear and missile proliferation networks
  • Counter-proliferation finance
Tom Plant
Director, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
Tom Plant joined RUSI in June 2017 as the Director of its Proliferation and Nuclear Policy programme.  His research interests include nuclear deterrence, arms control, proliferation issues – particularly in relation to North Korea – and UK nuclear policy. He is also Director of the UK Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI), a cross-generational network of over 900 members which encourages young scholars and professionals to engage with established experts on contemporary nuclear issues

Before joining RUSI he was a Principal Specialist at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), where he was responsible for technical oversight of arms control verification research programmes, including collaborations and exchanges with counterparts in China, Norway, Sweden and the US. Prior to that he held various posts at the Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, mostly focussed on non- and counter-proliferation issues in East Asia and the Middle East. During this time he spent a year seconded to King’s College London as a Research Fellow, working on a UK-funded project in support of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and remains a Visiting Senior Research Fellow with The Policy Institute at King’s.  He holds a Masters in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Postgraduate Certificate in Systems Engineering from Cranfield University.

  • Proliferation and nuclear policy
  • UK nuclear weapons policy
  • North Korea
  • Arms control and verification
  • Nuclear deterrence
  • Novel technologies
Dr Aniseh Tabrizi
Research Fellow, International Security Studies
Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi is a Research Fellow at RUSI and a Visiting Fellow at War Studies, King’s College London. Her research is concerned with security in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran’s foreign and domestic politics. She completed her PhD project at the War Studies Department of King’s College London, focusing on the diplomatic initiative of France, Germany and the UK (E3) on the Iranian nuclear issue.

Prior to joining RUSI, Aniseh was an Associate Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), where she specialised on EU foreign policy and transatlantic relations on Iran, particularly in the context of sanctions.

Prior to ECFR, she worked as Researcher on Iran at Oxford Research Group, while providing political risk analyses to a number of consultancies. She contributed to publications such as The Telegraph, The International Spectator, The Aspen Institute, The Middle East Eye and Al-Monitor and is a frequent commentator to the BBC, Al Jazeera, Sky News, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and France 24.

  • International security
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Sanctions
Cristina Varriale
Research Fellow, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
Cristina Varriale is a Research Fellow with in Proliferation and Nuclear Policy at RUSI, where she focuses on North Korea’s WMD programmes, North/South Korea relations, US extended deterrence in East Asia and disarmament diplomacy in the NPT.

Prior to joining RUSI 2016, she worked in nuclear policy and research with the International Centre for Security Analysis (ICSA) and with the British American Security Information Council (BASIC). She has also been a contributor at IHS Jane’s, producing open source research on historical and current nuclear programmes.

Cristina holds an MA in Non-proliferation and International Security from King’s College London. She was also part of the 2018 Nuclear Scholars Initiative at the Center for Strategic Studies in Washington DC, and regularly contributes to prominent media outlets such as BBC World News and Sky News.

  • Proliferation and nuclear policy
  • North Korea
James Byrne
Research Fellow, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
James Byrne is a Research Fellow at RUSI’s Proliferation and Nuclear Policy programme. His research interests include North Korea’s illicit shipping and procurement networks, open-source intelligence and analysis. He previously worked for the South Korean government.
  • Proliferation and nuclear policy
  • Sanctions policy
  • North Korea
  • Illicit shipping networks
Sam Dudin
Research Fellow, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
Sam Dudin joined RUSI in February 2019 as their UK Nuclear Policy Research Fellow. His portfolio includes leading on UK PONI (Project on Nuclear Issues), the Trilateral Nuclear Dialogues, and RUSI’s work on UK nuclear weapons policy issues.

Sam spent ten years as a strategic analyst at Dstl working on a wide range of issues, including: nuclear deterrence, ballistic missile defence, sanctions, soft power, hybrid warfare, counter-piracy and non-combatant evacuation operations. He was also seconded to Defence Economics to lead the analysis for the Hutton review of analysis in Defence.

His academic background consists of a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from York, and an MA in War Studies from KCL.

  • Proliferation and nuclear policy
  • UK nuclear policy
  • Ballistic missile defence
  • Sanctions policy
  • Nuclear deterrence
  • Conventional deterrence
  • Counter-piracy
  • Non-combatant evacuation operations
  • Containment
  • Grand strategy
Darya Dolzikova
Research Analyst, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
Darya is a Research Analyst in the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme at RUSI. Her research focuses on countering the financing of proliferation activities and strengthening sanctions regimes, particularly in the context of the North Korean nuclear programme. As part of her contributions to RUSI’s work on countering proliferation finance (CPF), she provides guidance to representatives of governments and financial institutions on strengthening their CPF and sanctions-compliance regimes.

Prior to joining RUSI, Darya had served as the manager of government relations and policy development at Canada’s national aerospace industry association. She also has experience working in the due diligence sector and on defence-related issues in Canada’s Parliament. She holds an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, where her studies and research focused on unconventional weapons proliferation, terrorism and counterterrorism, and Russia-Iran relations. Darya has published on these subjects in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and Lawfare. She holds a B.Soc.Sc. in International Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Ottawa.

  • Proliferation and nuclear policy
  • Counter-proliferation finance
  • Sanctions policy
  • Global security issues
  • North Korea
  • Russia
Wojciech Pawlus
Counter-Proliferation Coordinator
Wojciech Pawlus is a Counter-Proliferation Coordinator in the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme at RUSI. His work entails day-to-day management of RUSI’s projects in countering proliferation finance (CPF) and other initiatives centred around non-proliferation policy.

Wojciech authored a number of articles on European security and wider foreign policy issues. He has also contributed to conferences and international policy forums.

Prior to joining RUSI in 2018, Wojciech was a programme coordinator at a renowned Polish geopolitical conference organiser Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies, responsible among others for the annual Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdrój. He has worked for an Australian international development company, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Irish human rights organisation Front Line Defenders. He holds degrees from Trinity College Dublin and the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.

  • Proliferation and nuclear policy
  • Global security issues
  • Counter-proliferation finance
  • Sanctions policy