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 consistently brings to the fore vital policy issues, including those surrounding the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, to both domestic and global audiences. This has enhanced its reputation as a ‘thought-leader institute’, winning the Prospect Magazine Think Tank of the Year Award 2008 and International Affairs Think Tank of the Year Award in 2009 and 2011.
Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies - RUSI
61 Whitehall, London
SW1A 2ET, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 2600
Andrea Berger - Research Analyst, Nuclear Analysis
Andrea Berger joined RUSI as a Research Analyst in October 2011. She is responsible for supporting RUSI's activities on issues relating to arms control, non-proliferation, disarmament, and nuclear safety and security. She is also Programme Coordinator for the UK Project on Nuclear Issues.Andrea has previously worked in non-proliferation research and analysis at the International Centre for Security Analysis, based at King's College London. She has also worked for the Government of Canada in a number of analytical capacities, namely in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and the Embassy of Canada to Germany.
Prof. Malcolm Chalmers
- Director of Research and Director
UK Defence Policy
Professor Chalmers is Visiting Professor of Defence and Foreign Policy in the Department of War Studies, Kings College, London (where he currently teaches). He was a member of the Cabinet Office consultative group for the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, and of the Defence Secretary's Advisory Forum for the 2010 Defence Green Paper. Over the last two years, he has given oral evidence to the House of Commons Defence, Foreign Affairs and Treasury Select Committees. Professor Chalmers has been a Special Adviser to Foreign Secretaries Jack Straw MP and Margaret Beckett MP, Professor of International Politics at the University of Bradford, Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Security and Arms Control, Stanford University, and Senior Consulting Fellow, International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Prof. Michael Clarke - Director General
Until July 2007 Michael Clarke was the Deputy Vice-Principal and Director of Research Development at King's College London, where he remains a Visiting Professor of Defence Studies. He was the founding Director of the International Policy Institute at King's College London from 2001-2005 and Head of the School of Social Science and Public Policy at KCL in 2004-05. He was, from 1990 to 2001, the founding Director of the Centre for Defence Studies at King's. He has been senior Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee since 1997, having served previously with the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee 1995-7. In 2004 he was appointed the UK member of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. In 2007 he was appointed as one of the Security Commissioners at the Institute for Public Policy Research. In 2009 he was appointed to the Prime Minister's National Security Forum.
- Senior Research Fellow and Director
Michael Codner is the Director of the Military Sciences Department at the Royal United Services Institute. e retired from the Royal Navy in October 1995 after a career as a Seaman Officer principally working in anti-submarine warfare and in the latter part of his career, maritime strategy and doctrine, future concepts, defence policy and international issues. He was a lecturer in strategy and operational art at the US Naval War College, was a Defence Fellow at the Centre for Defence Studies, King's College, London and has held a NATO Fellowship working on coalition interoperability. He lectures regularly at University College, London, Southampton University, the University of St. Andrews, the University of Greenwich and the Joint Services Command and Staff College.
Jennifer Cole - Research Fellow, Emergency Management
Jennifer Cole is Head of Emergency Management at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), working within the National Security and Resilience Department. Jennifer is the project head for RUSI's annual workshops on Command and Control and Emergency Response, and for the Duke of Gloucester Lecture Series on Flood Risk and the Built Environment. Jennifer represents RUSI on the Inter Institutional Flood Risk Management Group, which raises awareness of the impact of flooding on the built environment, and the Enterprise Privacy Group, which advises Government on identity and privacy issues. She has operational experience in responding to the 7 July 2005 bombings on the London transport system, and is a trained first aid instructor with both civilian and military qualifications.
Dr. Tobias Feakin - Director, National Security and Resilience
Tobias is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the National Security and Resilience department at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. He completed his Ph.D in International Security and Politics from the University of Bradford in 2005 with a thesis entitled “Non-Lethal Weapons: Technology for Lowering Casualties”. Since that time he has worked as a Research Fellow for the Landau Network, Centro-Volta in Italy, and the Home Office arriving at RUSI in 2006.He has lectured at the University of Cambridge, University of Bradford, Joint Services Command and Staff College, the NATO Defence College in Rome, as well as speaking internationally at numerous conferences and roundtable discussions.
Davi Jarvis - Associate Fellow and Director of UK PONI
Having retired from the Royal Navy following 36 years as a weapons engineer, David joined Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill as a Strategic Systems Advisor. His last post in the Service was as the Chief Strategic Systems Executive, being both the UK Project Officer for the Polaris Sales Agreement and responsible for the assurance of CASD. Concurrently he held the post of Director of Strategic Weapons Systems in the DE&S, charged with the provision and support of the UK Trident II D5 system. He had previously created and led a specialist expert team in conducting the preliminary research into nuclear deterrence options - the findings of which informed the government's White Paper. He thereby became part of the initial programme for a potential successor SSBN. He also created and directed a Deterrence Customer Group in the MoD's Equipment Capability area for the current and future deterrent. Prior to that he served at US Strategic Command in Omaha Nebraska, was the assistant director for nuclear policy in the MoD, and spent time at sea in Polaris-, Chevaline- and Trident-equipped SSBNs.
Shashank Joshi - Associate Fellow
Shashank Joshi is a doctoral student of international relations at Harvard University's Department of Government. During 2007-8, he was a Kennedy Scholar from Britain to the United States. He has taught as a supervisor and teaching fellow at both Cambridge and Harvard, and also worked for the the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Moscow on electoral analysis and democratic training projects, Citigroup in New York in their regulatory reporting division, and in RUSI's Asia Programme on India and global security issues. He is a graduate of the Columbia-Cornell Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS). He has commented on international affairs in radio and television and had writing published in both policy and academic journals, as well as newspapers including The Guardian and The Independent.
Alexander Neill - Senior Research Fellow, Asia Studies
Alexander Neill is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies and prior to joining RUSI was an analyst for the British government which included a tour with the British Embassy in Washington DC. As Head of the Asia Security Programme, Alexander’s responsibilities include leading research projects, hosting private meetings and public conferences on all aspects of Asian defence and security issues. Alexander regularly contributes to RUSI’s publications and commentary to RUSI.org. He is also responsible for commenting in the media on behalf of RUSI on Asian affairs and in particular on issues associated with China.
Andrew Somerville - Research Fellow, Nuclear Analysis
Andrew Somerville is a research analyst specialising in nuclear issues at RUSI. His research interests include nuclear strategy, deterrence, arms control, non-proliferation, and terrorism involving CBRN and other novel technologies. He is currently leading RUSI projects on these issues in India and China. He is also the Deputy Director for the UK Project On Nuclear Issues (UK PONI). Andrew served at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) in the UK Ministry of Defence from 2005 to 2008. He has also provided research and analysis at the International Centre for Security Analysis and the Centre for Science and Security Studies, based in the Department of War Studies, King's College London.
Dr Igor Sutyagin - Research Fellow, Russian Studies
Prior to joining RUSI, Dr Sutyagin completed his PhD in History of Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Moscow Institute for the USA and Canada Studies (Russian Academy of Science). He has written extensively on nuclear and conventional arms control, including naval arms control, safety and security of nuclear weapons, modernization and development of modern armaments as well as issues associated with ABM systems and their stabilising influence upon of the US-Russian relationship. He is also the co-author of the book Russian Strategic Nuclear Weapons. Igor worked at the Institute of US and Canadian Studies for 12 years at the Political-Military Studies Department where he held the position of the Head of Section, the US military-technical and military-economy policy.
Dr. Lee Willet - Senior Research Fellow, Maritime Studies
Dr Lee Willett is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Naval Sciences, Sweden, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Greenwich. Dr Willett has given evidence to Parliamentary defence and security hearings: twice, in 2007, to the House of Commons Select Committee on Defence's enquiry into the UK's strategic nuclear deterrent; and, in 2010, to the House of Lords Foreign Affairs Sub-committee on European Security enquiry into the effectiveness the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Somali counter-piracy operation. He also has lectured widely, teaching at University College London, the University of Southampton, and the University of Hull. Dr Willett was previously a member of the publications Editorial Board for the Royal Australian Navy's Sea Power Centre-Australia (SPC-A). Prior to joining RUSI, Dr Willett was Leverhulme Research Fellow at the Centre for Security Studies, University of Hull and was seconded to the Naval Staff Directorate in the Ministry of Defence as a Research Associate.