Director, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Karen von Hippel


Dr Karin von Hippel has been Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) since 2015. She served nearly six years in the US Department of State as a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of Counterterrorism, then as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and as Chief of Staff to the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter-ISIL. She has worked for the UN and EU in Somalia and Kosovo, and is the author of Democracy by Force: US Military Intervention in the Post-Cold War World (2000).