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Ian Bolton

Project Alpha Research Associate, Interdictions and the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)

Contact Details

Email: ian.bolton@kcl.ac.uk

Location: K6.59, Strand Campus, London

Biography

Mr. Ian K. Bolton is a Research Associate on Interdictions and the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), with a focus on sanctions implementation, proliferation networks and state programmes. Mr. Bolton served in the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for a decade, and is currently on sabbatical from the FCO. He worked on a variety of topics for the FCO, including climate change policy with regards to climate vulnerable countries, and assisting in post conflict policy in the Western Balkans. Most recently he was the policy lead on interdictions and the PSI for the UK. Mr. Bolton also served on postings overseas to British Embassies in Vilnius and Oslo.  Forthcoming publications for Project Alpha include an in-depth study of the PSI, its successes, challenges and possible future direction. Other professional focus areas include; intangible technology transfers, proliferation finance and counter-terrorism related sanctions.

Mr. Bolton holds a BA Hons and MA in History from the University of Hertfordshire, and is a First World War historian by background. He is also in the process of completing a City and Guild Diploma in UK Foreign Policy and Diplomacy. 

Current projects
  • In depth research on the Proliferation Security Initiative –successes, challenges and the way ahead
  • In depth study in Sanctions Implementation and Interdictions Aftercare, why the international community must do more.
  • Interdictions Aftercare toolkit for the PSI Critical Capability and Practices Toolkit
Current Articles
  • Joint Article with Andrea Berger, CNS, on the ‘Interdiction of the M/V Jin Teng’ for 38North
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