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 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.

Contact information

Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies – RUSI

61 Whitehall, London
SW1A 2ET, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 2600

The team

Contacts Resume Speciality
Prof. Malcolm Chalmers
Deputy Director General
Tel: +44(0)20 7747 4970
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7839 1090
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.

Chalmers was a member of the consultative panel for both the 2010 and 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Reviews (SDSR), and has been a Special Adviser to Parliament’s Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy since 2011.

He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter. He was also 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.

  • UK Defence and Security Policy
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
  • Arms Control
  • Conflict Prevention
Michael Codner
Senior Research Fellow and Director of Personnel Services
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7747 2621
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7747 2647
Michael Codner is Senior Research Fellow in Military Sciences and Editorial Director of RUSI Defence Systems. Until 2013, he was RUSI’s Director of the Military Sciences Department.

He researches a range of subjects from defence policy, strategic theory and doctrine, to defence management, future concepts and the application of technology to military capability. He also oversees conferences, meetings and lectures in these areas. He 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. His degrees are in Philosophy and Psychology (Brasenose College, Oxford).

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.

His written work includes editorship and principal authorship of the First Edition of the Royal Navy’s BR1806: The Fundamentals of British Maritime Doctrine and numerous articles, papers and chapters in journals and collections.

  • Military strategic theory
  • Nuclear strategy
  • Maritime strategy
  • Military interoperability
Emil Dall
Research Fellow, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
Emil Dall is a Research Fellow in the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme at RUSI, where he focuses on sanctions, finance and illicit nuclear and missile proliferation, particularly North Korea. He is also involved in the Institute’s sanctions programme focusing on the issues surrounding the design and implementation of sanctions.

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.

Emil was part of the 2017 Nuclear Scholars Initiative at the Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C. and regularly publishes on sanctions and nuclear-related issues.

  • Sanctions
  • Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
  • Proliferation Financing
Sara Perlangeli
Research Analyst
Sara Perlangeli is a Research Analyst in Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, where she works on sanctions and the financing of nuclear proliferation. Prior to joining RUSI in 2018, Sara worked on South Asian defence and security issues at IISS and Brookings India. She holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA in Social Sciences and Asian Studies from Sciences Po Paris.
  • Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
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.

  • Nonproliferation
  • Nuclear Policy
Dr Igor Sutyagin
Senior Research Fellow, Russian Studies
Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 4973
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7747 2636
Dr Igor Sutyagin’s research is concerned with US-Russian relations, strategic armaments developments and broader nuclear arms control, anti-ballistic missile defense systems.

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), which was supervised by Professor Andrey Kokoshin. His thesis explored the US Navy’s role in carrying out the US foreign policy tasks throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

He has written extensively on nuclear and conventional arms control, including naval arms control, safety and security of nuclear weapons, modernisation and development of modern armaments as well as issues associated with ABM systems and their stabilising influence upon of the US-Russian relationship. He has authored over 100 articles and booklets published in the Soviet Union/Russia, the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland. He is also the co-author of the book Russian Strategic Nuclear Weapons.

Igor worked at the Institute of US and Canadian Studies for twelve years at the Political-Military Studies Department, where he held the position of the head of section for US military-technical and military-economy policy.

Igor has a PhD in History of Foreign Policy and International Relations (1995) from the Institute for US and Canadian Studies in Moscow and a Masters Degree in Radio-physics and Electronics from the Physics Department, Moscow State University (1988).

  • US – Russia Relations
  • Developments in Strategic Armaments
  • Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
  • Arms Control
  • Ballistic Missile Defence
Dr Aniseh Tabrizi
Research Fellow
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 .

Aniseh, who has lived in Iran, is a former Fulbright Scholar and holds a MA in International Relations from Syracuse University, NY.

  • International Security Studies
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Sanctions
Cristina Varriale
Research Analyst
Cristina Varriale is a Research Analyst with RUSI’s Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Team. Her research interests include extended nuclear deterrence, East Asia and disarmament diplomacy. Prior to joining RUSI, she worked in nuclear policy and research with the International Centre for Security Analysis (ICSA) and the British American Security Information Council (BASIC). Cristina holds an MA in Non-proliferation and International Security from King’s College London. She has also been a contributor at IHS Jane’s, and is a regular media contributor.

Cristina is also part of the 2018 Nuclear Scholars Initiative at the Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C.

  • East Asia Security Issues
  • Nonproliferation