International Security & Geopolitics

We explore the foreign and security policies and the internal politics of leading states and look at the impact this has from a global perspective and on the UK as an international actor.


Africa in Perspective Programme

We take an in-depth look at the evolving nature of conflict and security in key regions of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Anti-Money Laundering Policy

RUSI’s research aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the global anti-money laundering regime in an evolving financial crime landscape.

Conflict and Security

RUSI’s work offers detailed conflict analysis set against different contexts, and examines conflict prevention, resolution and longer-term recovery.

Environmental Crime

Our cutting-edge global research on environmental crime focuses on environmental security, wildlife crime, illegal fishing, corruption and illicit finance.

Navigating the Indo-Pacific Programme

This programme focuses on the maritime-centric region spanning the Indian and Pacific Oceans as the central arena of competition and cooperation between global and regional powers.

Russia in the World Programme

This programme offers a new approach to less-studied aspects of Russia, including its political systems, strategy formation and foreign policy priorities.


We examine the complex challenges surrounding the design and implementation of sanctions and identify both public and private sector-based solutions and areas for collaboration.

Technology, Security and Intelligence

RUSI’s research spans areas such as the intersection between technology and geopolitics, ethical and legal applications of AI, technology procurement, FinTech and cyber.

UK Foreign and Security Policy

RUSI analyses today’s critical UK foreign policy issues, including the impact of Brexit, the response to Russia and China, and the Asian Pivot.

Unpacking the MENA Programme

This programme assesses current and emerging security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), bringing together policymakers and experts from the region and beyond.