Suzanne Raine jointly leads the Global Geopolitics Research Strand, with Professor William Hurst. She also hosts the Centre’s On Geopolitics Podcast, with Professor Ali Ansari.

She served for 24 years in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on foreign policy and national security issues.

This included postings in Poland, Iraq, and Pakistan. She specialised in counter-terrorism, holding a number of senior domestic appointments including Head of the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre from 2015-2017 and was a senior member of the UK government assessment community. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Imperial War Museum and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

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Grand Strategy

Is the UK capable of grand strategy? with William James

In the press

Behind the Information Iron Curtain

Wednesday 1st May, 2024

Behind the Information Iron Curtain

Our joint head of the Global Research Strand, Suzanne Raine, plays a key role in a live discussion on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service about the global effects of state censorship of the media in Russia, China and Iran.

In the press

Failing to Understand Adversaries Creates a Vicious Circle of Tensions

Thursday 25th April, 2024

Failing to Understand Adversaries Creates a Vicious Circle of Tensions

Joint head of our Global strand, Suzanne Raine, writes on the critical importance of accurate interpretation of intelligence and intercultural understanding.

In the press

EI Talks… Terrorism

Friday 5th April, 2024

EI Talks… Terrorism

Engelsberg Ideas’ deputy editor Alastair Benn speaks to Suzanne Raine, Global Research Strand leader at the Centre for Geopolitics and visiting professor in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, about the evolution of the terrorist threat and its long history.

Podcast

Episode 45: Cyber

Tuesday 19th March, 2024

Episode 45: Cyber

Suzanne and Ali talk with Ciaran Martin, the former head of the National Cyber Security Centre.

In the press

Fear of China, Russia and Iran is driving weapons sales

Monday 11th March, 2024

Fear of China, Russia and Iran is driving weapons sales

Dr. Hugo Bromley and Suzanne Raine are quoted in an article about how war and the wider threat of conflict is influencing changing trends in international weapon sales.

Event Review

Art & War

Friday 8th March, 2024

Art & War

History, War

Art & War

Thursday 7th March, 2024

Art & War

Podcast

Episode 44: Sinjar – an arena for other conflicts?

Tuesday 5th March, 2024

Episode 44: Sinjar – an arena for other conflicts?

Ali and Suzanne are joined by Renad Mansour and Zmkan Ali of Chatham House to discuss their new report on cross-border conflict.

In the press

Ukraine’s strategic goal in 2024 is to make Russia’s war felt in Moscow

Friday 1st March, 2024

Ukraine’s strategic goal in 2024 is to make Russia’s war felt in Moscow

Suzanne Raine is one of several experts offering their opinions on the prospects for the Russia Ukraine war in 2024.

Podcast

Episode 43: Taiwan’s elections – what do the results signify?

Thursday 8th February, 2024

Episode 43: Taiwan’s elections – what do the results signify?

Professor Ali Ansari and Suzanne Raine are joined by Professor Bill Hurst, Director of the Centre for Geopolitics, to ask what we should conclude from the results of the Taiwanese elections on 13 January.

Podcast

Episode 42: Iran’s wars

Tuesday 30th January, 2024

Episode 42: Iran’s wars

Suzanne Raine and Ali Ansari start with Baluchistan, and then widen the lens to look at what is driving Iranian aggression in the Middle East. They examine how the threat of force becomes the use of force, and the extent to which apparent co-ordinated Iranian activity might not be quite as simple as it seems.

In the press

Iran and Pakistan’s shared crisis in Baluchistan

Thursday 18th January, 2024

Iran and Pakistan’s shared crisis in Baluchistan

Suzanne Raine writes about the rising military tension between Iran and Pakistan.

Podcast

Episode 41: Can Ukraine win?

Wednesday 20th December, 2023

Episode 41: Can Ukraine win?

Professor Phillips O’Brien joins Suzanne and Ali to discuss why enabling Ukraine to win is in the US’s strategic interest, and why limited assistance not only protracts the conflict but raises the risk of wider long-term instability in Europe.

Podcast

Episode 40: Taking Difficult Decisions

Tuesday 21st November, 2023

Episode 40: Taking Difficult Decisions

Recent events in Israel and Gaza have highlighted how hard it is to orientate in the absence of clear facts. At these times of crisis, how do political leaders decide what to do? Ali Ansari and Suzanne Raine are joined by the Rt Hon Charles Clarke, who was British Home Secretary at the time of […]

Podcast

Episode 39: Tensions in the Caucasus

Wednesday 18th October, 2023

Episode 39: Tensions in the Caucasus

Dr Charlie Laderman joins Ali and Suzanne to explore the origins of the dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the current situation, and the real and increasing risk of renewed violence in the Caucasus.

Podcast

Episode 38: A year of elections

Wednesday 27th September, 2023

Episode 38: A year of elections

In 2024, approximately four billion people will be involved in national elections, which in turn will shape how states take geopolitical positions and decisions. Suzanne and Ali consider key themes such as misinformation, manipulation and division which are likely to feature heavily in this major global electoral year.

Podcast

Episode 37: Realpolitik

Monday 25th September, 2023

Episode 37: Realpolitik

Suzanne and Ali discuss the origins of the term and ask how states navigate between pursuit of their interests and being true to their values and ideals.  

Podcast

Episode 36: China and BRICS

Tuesday 12th September, 2023

Episode 36: China and BRICS

Professor Bill Hurst joins Suzanne to explore what — if anything — the expansion of the BRICS signifies for those countries joining and for China, and look at how to interpret indicators about the current state of the Chinese economy.  

Podcast

Episode 35: Heroic leadership

Thursday 17th August, 2023

Episode 35: Heroic leadership

Suzanne and Ali are joined by Air Marshal (Retd) Ed Stringer to look at what defines heroic leadership, whether it can be taught and whether the idea of the genius leader is fit for today’s challenges.  

Podcast

Episode 33: Rethinking authoritarian resilience

Monday 7th August, 2023

Episode 33: Rethinking authoritarian resilience

Ali and Suzanne discuss the idea of ‘authoritarian resilience’, the broader relationship between theory and practice, and how we should avoid becoming prisoners of paradigms.

Commentary

Authoritarian Resilience

Thursday 6th July, 2023

Authoritarian Resilience

Maritime, Security

All at sea?  Testing the UK’s resolve in the Pacific region

Podcast

Episode 32: The battle for global resources

Friday 16th June, 2023

Episode 32: The battle for global resources

Ali and Suzanne are joined by Richard Williams of Bunker Hill Mining Corporation to explore global competition for resource, and look at how and whether the US aim to ‘de-risk’ global supply will work in practice.  

Podcast

On Geopolitics Episode 31: Japan, South Korea and the US

Monday 22nd May, 2023

On Geopolitics Episode 31: Japan, South Korea and the US

Ali and Suzanne are joined by Centre Affiliate Dr John Nilsson-Wright to consider this trilateral relationship in the run-up to the G7.  

Podcast

Episode 29: What is the deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia?

Thursday 11th May, 2023

Episode 29: What is the deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia?

The Centre’s Iran-China expert Bill Figueroa joins Ali and Suzanne to look at the dynamics of the new triumvirate of Iran, Saudi Arabia and China.  

Podcast

Episode 28: Knowing your enemy (Part 2 of 2)

Thursday 13th April, 2023

Episode 28: Knowing your enemy (Part 2 of 2)

The second part of Suzanne and Ali’s discussion on the difference personal relationships between leaders can make at critical geopolitical moments.  

Podcast

Episode 27: Knowing your enemy (part 1)

Thursday 30th March, 2023

Episode 27: Knowing your enemy (part 1)

Suzanne and Ali ask how much difference personal relationships between leaders make at critical geopolitical moments.

Podcast

Episode 26: The State of Europe

Wednesday 15th March, 2023

Episode 26: The State of Europe

Professor Brendan Simms gives Ali and Suzanne his impressions of the key themes from this year’s Munich Security Conference and what this means for European security and Russia’s war in Ukraine.  

Podcast

Episode 25: Can we escape history? (Part 2 of 2)

Wednesday 8th March, 2023

Episode 25: Can we escape history? (Part 2 of 2)

Does learning lessons from history do more harm than good?  

Podcast

Episode 24: Can we escape history?  (Part 1 of 2)

Friday 3rd March, 2023

Episode 24: Can we escape history? (Part 1 of 2)

Ali and Suzanne ask whether we are trapped by history — and how we might use it better to approach today’s challenges.  

In the press

Disraeli and the Rothschilds provide a study in the power of political patronage

Friday 3rd February, 2023

Disraeli and the Rothschilds provide a study in the power of political patronage

Engelsberg Ideas publishes Disraeli and the Rothschilds provide a study in the power of political patronage by Suzanne Raine.

Podcast

Episode 22: How ‘revolutionary’ are the protests in Iran?

Friday 23rd December, 2022

Episode 22: How ‘revolutionary’ are the protests in Iran?

Suzanne and Ali discuss the current protests with Dr Anahita Arian, from the Centre for Geopolitics.  

Podcast

Episode 21: Protest in China

Wednesday 7th December, 2022

Episode 21: Protest in China

Professor Bill Hurst and Suzanne Raine examine the significance of the recent outbreak of protests in many cities in China, and the CCP’s response.  

In the press

Suzanne Raine writes Robert Louis Stevenson knew about guerrilla warfare for Engelsberg Ideas.

Thursday 24th November, 2022

Suzanne Raine writes Robert Louis Stevenson knew about guerrilla warfare for Engelsberg Ideas.

Suzanne Raine writes Robert Louis Stevenson knew about guerrilla warfare for Engelsberg Ideas.

Episode 19: China – taking stock

Wednesday 9th November, 2022

Episode 19: China – taking stock

What happened at the 20th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and what does it mean for China’s future direction? Ali and Suzanne are joined by Professor Bill Hurst, who talks us through personalities, drama, and the new Chinese focus on persistence and security.

In the press

Superforecasting will not save us, by Suzanne Raine

Friday 4th November, 2022

Superforecasting will not save us, by Suzanne Raine

Suzanne Raine’s Superforecasting will not save us is published in Engelsberg Ideas.

Podcast

Episode 18: The single narrative

Thursday 27th October, 2022

Episode 18: The single narrative

Suzanne and Ali discuss how the anti-Western case is made by leaders from Putin to Bin Laden (and everyone in between)  

Podcast

Episode 17: What is going to happen next?

Wednesday 19th October, 2022

Episode 17: What is going to happen next?

After an eventful summer, Suzanne and Ali discuss the role and limitations of predictions and forecasting in geopolitics.  

In the press

Engelsberg Ideas publishes Putin’s propaganda is parroting Al-Qaeda’s anti-Western grievances

Wednesday 5th October, 2022

Engelsberg Ideas publishes Putin’s propaganda is parroting Al-Qaeda’s anti-Western grievances

Engelsberg Ideas publishes Putin’s propaganda is parroting Al-Qaeda’s anti-Western grievances by Suzanne Raine.

In the press

Suzanne Raine writes The shifting fortunes of IS-Khorasan for Engelsberg Ideas.

Friday 5th August, 2022

Suzanne Raine writes The shifting fortunes of IS-Khorasan for Engelsberg Ideas.

Suzanne Raine writes The shifting fortunes of IS-Khorasan for Engelsberg Ideas.

In the press

A contested Afghanistan could be even worse

Tuesday 24th August, 2021

A contested Afghanistan could be even worse

Suzanne Raine’s A contested Afghanistan could be even worse is published in Engelsberg Ideas.

In the press

Half of the National Risk Register is missing

Friday 22nd January, 2021

Half of the National Risk Register is missing

Suzanne Raine explains how Half of the National Risk Register is Missing on RUSI.org.