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The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), sometimes still referred to by its pre-2004 name, the Royal United Services Institution, is a British defence and security think tank. It was founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, Sir Arthur Wellesley.[1] It won Prospect magazine's Think Tank of the Year Award in 2008.[2] In 2009, the same magazine named RUSI "Foreign Policy Think Tank of the Year".[3]

Lady Caroline Dalmeny reportedly became a trustee of HJS in 2010 and in 2012 was also appointed as associate director.308 Marko Attila Hoare has alleged that Dalmeny’s husband, Lord Harry Dalmeny, who is the UK deputy chairman of Sotheby’s, donated interest-free loans totalling £250,000 to HJS in 2011.309 Caroline Dalmeny is no longer associate director of HJS. She is now an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a British defence and security think tank. Previously, she worked for Conservative Central Office and was a political assistant to Michael Portillo during his time as Secretary of State for Defence at the House of Commons, as well as to Lord Strathclyde during his time as Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords.310


  • Jul.24.2018: The UAE Lobby: Subverting British democracy? Royal United services Institute (RUsI) is a key talking shop and policy shaper for Britain’s defence and security industries and counts a number of former spy chiefs as staff members and regularly hosts private lectures and sessions with the cream of the Uk’s security establishment. In 2015-16, the UAe embassy paid £50,000 -£99,999 to RUsI.40 By comparison, Qatar, which set up an office in Doha in 2007, paid much more to RUsI. In 2016/17 the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave between £200,000 to £499,999 and the Qatar Ministry of Defence paid up to £199,999.41 RUsI said these sums funded training courses and were not ‘donations’. A paper published by RUSI in 2013 warrants special mention. It was written by Gareth Stansfield, who in addition to being a senior associate fellow at RUSI, also serves as Al-Qasimi chair of Arab Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter, named after the ruler of sharjah, which funds two endowed professorships there. Stansfield advocated for British forces to return to the territory ‘east of suez’, deploying a phrase first coined by Rudyard kipling, to suggest the benefits of a more aggressive Uk military presence in the gulf to defend the UAE and other allies while sending ‘a message of resolve’ to Iran. The paper advocates sending troops to Dubai’s Minhad airbase in the UAR. It takes the UAE and Saudi line that the idea that the UK is dropping its commitment to democracy by bolstering gulf dictatorships is a ‘falsely framed debate’. It goes onto regurgitate more Emirati lines that British backing for the Arab spring protests was ‘an attractive, but naïve, reading of the Arab upheavals which have facilitated the growing triumph of Muslim conservatism’. more. SpinWatch.