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RUSI Journal Radio

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RUSI Journal Radio

The Royal United Services Institute

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RUSI Journal Radio, the inaugural podcast of the RUSI Journal, is a new series dedicated to exploring some of today's biggest issues in defence and security. Join hosts Demi Starks, Emma De Angelis and Ed Mortimer as they go beyond what’s written on the page. Every two weeks, they chat with experts who have written for the RUSI Journal on a range of defence and security issues, from misinformation and terrorism to AI, healthcare and climate change.
 
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War in Space

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War in Space

The Royal United Services Institute

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Space is becoming increasingly congested, contested and competed over. It has never been so easy – or so cheap – to launch a satellite into orbit. With space activity proliferating, its impact on national security has grown too: space assets are becoming vulnerable and space debris is becoming increasingly dangerous. War in Space is a series of interviews with experts in space and defence that will analyse the intersection of space and national security, unravelling the technical jargon that ...
 
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Global Security Briefing

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Global Security Briefing

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Global Security Briefing provides regular insights from leading international experts to help you make sense of the far-reaching changes affecting international security around the globe. Hosted by analysts from RUSI's International Security Studies team, the podcast looks at how the UK can best shape its foreign and security policies in an increasingly dynamic international environment.
 
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Western Way of War

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Western Way of War

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A collection of discussions with those in the Profession of Arms that tries to understand the issues around how to fight, and succeed, against adversaries in the 2020s. We pose the questions as whether a single Western Way of Warfare (how Western militaries fight) has been successful, whether it remains fit for task today, and how it might need to adapt in the future? It is complemented by the ‘Adversarial Studies’ project that looks at how adversaries fight.
 
The Suspicious Transaction Report is a fortnightly podcast hosted by the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at RUSI. The podcast is formed of two sections. Firstly, there is an informative round up of the latest financial crime news discussed by the host and two guest contributors. Guests will give their perspective on why the latest news matters, pointing to long-term trends and what these could mean for different stakeholders. The second half of the podcast will deep-dive into ...
 
Elisabeth Braw, scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, presents 'On the Cusp' which focuses on how governments, business and civil society can work together to strengthen countries' defence against existing and emerging threats. Each episode she interviews a guest who is a leader in their respective field.
 
Welcome to FinCrime Spotlight, the podcast that looks to shine a light on the FinTech community and their fight against financial crime. FinTechs have disrupted the financial services industry and have transformed the ways in which we identify, monitor and expose bad actors and criminal organisations. FinCrime Spotlight will offer listeners the opportunity to hear from the FinCrime fighters on the front line, delve into fincrime investigations, examine the technology underpinning the industr ...
 
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What can we realise about the wider social context of why financial crime takes place, and the personal circumstances one may be in to be forced into criminality? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Matthew to explore all of this, and more, based on the American crime drama television series ‘Breaking Bad’. Matt…
 
In this episode of RUSI Journal Radio, hosts Demi, Emma and Ed explore decision theory and the application of algorithmic tools in intelligence with Peter Phillips, Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. In 2020, Peter and his colleague, Gabriela Pohl, wrote for the RUSI Journal on countering intelligenc…
 
This is going to be a big year for space, with several moon missions, a test of our planetary defence, mega-constellations and JUICE! (That’s ‘Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer.) Makena Young, Associate Fellow at the Aerospace Security Project (CSIS), explains why reusability is a growing trend, why the Webb telescope launch was so exciting, and why the d…
 
What can we take away about the reality and lifestyle of those involved in organised crime, from its portrayal in fiction? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Tony to explore all of this, and more, based on the Netflix American crime drama TV series ‘Ozark’. Tony Brown is the Head of Compliance & MLRO at IFX Pay…
 
In this episode of RUSI Journal Radio, hosts Demi, Emma and Ed are joined by Martin Bricknell for a discussion on healthcare, resilience and future challenges. Martin is a Professor in Conflict, Health and Military Medicine at King’s College London, and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Global Development. He served 34 years in the UK Defence Med…
 
Threat actors’ toolkits have evolved in the digital age. How can we respond effectively to manipulative messaging and the data that drives it? In this episode, hosts Demi, Emma and Ed are joined by David Gioe, Alicia Wanless and Daniel Dobrowolski to discuss the challenges facing the information environment and the measures that might protect it.…
 
This episode examines how the UK and Russia are approaching the interlinked challenges of climate change and the transition from hydrocarbon reliance to ‘green’ energy, and explores how these issues are shaping the domestic and foreign policies of the two countries, as well as their bilateral relationship. Professor Michael Bradshaw, Professor of G…
 
Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey, Commander of UK Space Command, joins us to discuss the future of his responsibilities. He talks about his move from being a ‘space user’ to taking charge of Space Command, why integration is so important, and why we need to acquire further knowledge to make full use of space and its capabilities.…
 
There is a lot going on with nuclear weapons at the moment - from UK and German announcements, changes in the way China is thinking about nuclear doctrine, and US recapitalisation (including some spoilers about what to expect from the US Nuclear Posture review due out in January 2022). Who better to discuss all this with than RUSI's own doyen of WM…
 
From a TV show, what can we learn about how organisations launder funds and evade detection, the bureaucracy and corruption that can be faced along the way, and the negative impact the War on Drugs has had on all its participants? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Meredith to explore all of this, and more, bas…
 
How can emotions inform better decision-making? And what do gothic novels and national security policies have in common? In this episode of RUSI Journal Radio, hosts Demi, Emma and Ed are joined by Claire Yorke for a discussion on atmospherics, the pandemic response, post-9/11 policymaking and more. Claire is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the …
 
From Sun Tzu to Admiral Hyman Rickover, great military leaders really understood logistics and supply. Yet by outsourcing so much to industrial partners, have Western militaries introduced disproportionate risk to their operations? By rethinking these variables, Joann Robertson talks to Peter Roberts about how logistics could become the elusive adv…
 
What can we learn about the picture film paints of cryptocurrency and its involvement in money laundering? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Gregory to explore all of this, and more, based on the 2019 American crime drama thriller film ‘Crypto’. Gregory Dellas is the Chief Compliance and Innovation Officer at …
 
In this episode, Fiona Hill (Brookings Institution), former deputy assistant to President Donald Trump and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, talks to Neil Melvin about US policy towards Russia, European security, and her new book on the populist challenges in the US and the UK. Fiona Hill is currentl…
 
Space Physics 101: What's a solar storm? Are orbits just space highways? And how dangerous is space debris? Ali Stickings, RUSI Associate Fellow and Space Strategy Lead at Frazer Nash Consultancy, breaks down the physical hazards to space assets and explains why space debris is the next big environmental problem.…
 
Peter talks to the latest RUSI recruit and People’s Liberation Army researcher Sam Cranny Evans about the professionalisation and modernisation of the Chinese ground forces since 1980, their doctrine of strategic attrition and defeat-in-detail, the new Combined Armed Brigade structures, and whether Chinese electronic warfare is as good as that of t…
 
What can we understand about the actions and greed associated to powerful and wealthy people caught up in crime and corruption, from a real life story interpreted to film? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Matthew to explore all of this, and more, based on the American crime film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and …
 
This episode examines the re-emergence of the concept of strategic stability as a means of managing security relations between Russia and the transatlantic community and avoiding war. Following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its military intervention in eastern Ukraine, the confrontation between Russia and NATO has become increasingly da…
 
What does contemporary information warfare look like, and are democracies equipped to cope with the consequences? In the first episode of RUSI Journal Radio, Haroro Ingram, a Senior Research Fellow with the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, talks about his research on malign influence activities and the Islamic State’s informati…
 
RUSI Journal Radio offers thought-provoking conversations with academics, decision-makers and practitioners to lay out the defence and security debate for familiar and new audiences alike. The RUSI Journal has been a staple of the defence and security debate since 1857. As its inaugural podcast, RUSI Journal Radio features discussions with experts …
 
When Russia invaded Georgia in 2008, Moscow annexed 20% of Georgia's sovereign land space using traditional military force. Over the subsequent 13 years, however, Georgia has been subject to constant political, economic and societal coercion as Moscow tries to steer Tbilisi into the Russian sphere of influence. The tradecraft used by Moscow might s…
 
What can we discover about the impact the ‘80s Colombian cocaine trade had on society, from the portrayal of real life events in a TV show? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Hanna to explore all of this, and more, based on the TV series ‘Narcos’ and true story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Hanna is a regulato…
 
This episode examines how Turkey, long viewed as a stalwart of NATO , has moved outside its previous focus on European security to play a wider regional role in its immediate neighbourhood and beyond, including across the Middle East and Africa. How will Turkey’s broadening security horizon affect its position in NATO, its relations with the Transa…
 
The intersection of national security and space is not new, but more actors are becoming involved in the domain, in a race with increasing stakes. In the first episode in this new series of podcasts, Dr Bleddyn Bowen, Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Leicester, explains why space features in all the new national strategy doc…
 
What can we realise about the violence associated with organised crime and drug traffickers in London today, from its portrayal on TV? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Koos to explore all of this, and more, based on the 2020 British action–crime drama TV series ‘Gangs of London’. Koos Couvée is Senior Reporte…
 
This episode examines how the UK and Russia are approaching relations with countries of the Middle East as the region experiences major conflict and instability. While there is growing competition as the UK and Russia renew their interests, there may be areas where they could work together to help stabilise the region, notably on handling Iran's nu…
 
What can we understand about corruption, competition, power and wealth that drives the energy industry, from its depiction in a film? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Tamara to explore all of this, and more, based on the 2005 American geopolitical thriller film ‘Syriana’. Tamara is currently the Managing Dire…
 
How is the future of European security approached by Italy? We focus on Rome’s efforts to reconcile its strong commitment to transatlantic ties with its support for further European integration. Italy’s concerns about the deteriorating security environment around Europe are discussed, including Russia’s growing involvement in conflicts in the Middl…
 
What can we learn about why people get tempted into bad choices through their own life narratives and the incentives and circumstances they are exposed to, from its portrayal in film? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Niels to explore all of this, and more, based on the 1993 American legal thriller 'The Firm'.…
 
Veterans, families, casualties, death and the repatriation of casualties’ remains feature as key themes in a discussion between conflict archaeologist Dr Sarah Ashbridge and Peter Roberts. The key question: is the reverse of the current implicit contract between service personnel and the nation – namely society’s obligation to people in uniform, bo…
 
What can we discover about the evolving networks of international organised crime and human trafficking from its representation in a TV drama? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Charlotte to explore all of this, and more, based on the BBC TV series adaptation of Misha Glenny’s book ‘McMafia’. Charlotte is curre…
 
An examination of Poland’s approach to the future of European security, reflecting its perspective from the front line of NATO’s confrontation with Russia, the country’s focus on maintaining and strengthening the transatlantic relationship as the central pillar of the continent’s security, and Warsaw’s concerns about ideas of European strategic aut…
 
Peter Roberts talks to RUSI Research Fellow for Airpower and Technology Justin Bronk about the realities of aircraft availability for contemporary operations, and the risk that Western air forces may ‘design themselves into irrelevance’ because of a flawed set of assumptions about force generation for peacetime duties that just don't work in combat…
 
What can we learn about responses to terrorist financing from its portrayal on TV? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Tom to explore all of this, and more, based on Amazon Prime’s Jack Ryan series. Tom is the Director of Royal United Services Institute’s (RUSI) Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies (CFC…
 
In facing down China, Australia is having to make some audacious decisions. Australian defence expert Malcolm Davis from ASPI talks to Peter Roberts about how Australia has been dealing with economic and political coercion from China’s Communist Party, and what this has meant for military capabilities, alliances and postures as Australia has become…
 
What can we takeaway from this true story of a privileged, well educated women caught up in money laundering? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Elizabeth to explore all of this, and more, based on the TV series and story of Piper Kerman: ‘Orange is the New Black’. Elizabeth Bramlage is Chief Marketing Officer …
 
US Naval War College Professor of Strategy James C Holmes contends that navies are going to have to fight for command of the sea over the coming decades because of China's adoption of a Mahanian strategy and approach to contests. Peter Roberts challenges Jim over whether Western navies have the intellectual capacity to ’reset’ in time, inviting the…
 
What can we learn about employee fraud and amateur criminals involved in money laundering from its interpretation in a late 90s American comedy film? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Micah to explore all of this, and more, based on the film ‘Office Space’. Micah Willbrand is VP of product for AML services at …
 
This episode examines the fast-evolving Russia–China partnership, notably the security links, and considers the implications this cooperation has for the Euro-Atlantic community as it seeks to simultaneously manage security threats in the Indo-Pacific and Euro-Atlantic regions. Over the past decade the relationship between China and Russia has broa…
 
Russian theories of war and warfare have never been one-dimensional. In conversation with Peter Roberts, Norwegian researcher Prof Katarzyna Zysk talks about Russian industrial innovation, military modernisation, power projection and political control. Unscrambling some of the nonsense spouted about Russia, Katarzyna deciphers the subtleties of the…
 
What can we learn from insurance fraud and a pair of Panama City law partners exploiting the world's financial system in a Hollywood movie? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Jas to explore all of this, and more, based on the film ‘The Laundromat’. Jas is the Head of Financial Crimes for Stripe's (US) and leads…
 
As Western militaries transition their forces towards a posture of great power contests, there will be a temptation to gloss over the last 20 years of combat experience as irrelevant to future fighting. Peter Roberts talks to Indian scholar Anant Mishra about why this would be dangerous. Not only will the combat experience from Afghanistan and Iraq…
 
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