Richard Walton is a DISTINGUISHED Fellow at
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RUSI maintains a wide range of multidisciplinary research specialisms. It focuses on the areas of Military Sciences, International Security Studies, National Security and Resilience Studies, Nuclear Proliferation, Financial Crime and Defence, Industries and Society. Counter-terrorism research at RUSI reflects the diverse and global nature of the threat, and includes projects in the UK, across Europe, Central Asia and in the Horn of Africa. In addition to providing timely analysis of the terrorism threat and drivers behind it, this programme works with government and law enforcement agencies to increase understanding of key issues such as radicalisation and the threat from lone-actor terrorists.
RUSI's National Security and Resilience group has particular expertise in countering-violent extremism policy, and runs the Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism (STRIVE) in the Horn of Africa programme on behalf of the European Commission.