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Daniel Salisbury

DanSalisburypicprofileAcademic Coordinator

Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS)

Room K6.59

Department of War Studies

Strand, London WC2R 2LS


Tel.: 0207 848 1343


I am a Researcher in the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) within the Department of War Studies. My current area of work mostly concerns the security of nuclear materials, facilities and sensitive information – and particularly security culture. I am involved in the coordination of a consortium of UK partners sponsored by the British government to deliver a programme of activities to enhance security culture internationally.

Concurrently I am working on my PhD which considers British nuclear weapons policy and debates in the 1970s and 1980s. I hold a MA with Distinction in Science and Security (2011) and a First Class BA (Hons) in War Studies (2010), both from King’s College London. I am a member of IISS and the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) organised by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). I became an Associate of King’s College (AKC) in 2010. Previously I worked on the British government-sponsored Project Alpha which seeks to build partnerships between government and the private sector to mitigate proliferation risks. Prior to joining CSSS, I worked as a Research Assistant on the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. I also previously worked as a Research Intern at the IISS, at the Arms Control Association (ACA) in Washington DC, and within the British political system.

Research Interests
  • Weapons proliferation
  • Sanctions and export controls
  • U.K. nuclear history
  • Nuclear Security

Open Source Intelligence in the Twenty-First Century: New Approaches and Opportunities (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2014) [Co-edited with Matthew Moran and Christopher Hobbs]

Peer -reviewed Articles

'Sanctions and the Insurance Industry: Challenges, risks and opportunities'. Business and Politics (2014), Vol.16, No.2 [ Co-authored with Matthew Moran]

'Trade controls and non-proliferation:compliance costs, drivers and challenges' , Business and Politics (2013), Vol.15, No. 4, pp. 529-551.

Other Articles, Papers and Book Chapters

‘OSINT and Proliferation Procurement: Combating Illicit Trade’, book chapter (2014 forthcoming) in Open Source Intelligence in the Twenty-First Century: New Approaches and Opportunities (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2014) [Co-edited with Matthew Moran and Christopher Hobbs]

'Wanted: Karl Lee' The Diplomat, 22 May 2014. [ Ian. J. Stewart and Daniel Salisbury]

'Li Fang Wei (Karl Lee)', Proliferation Case Study Series, Project Alpha, 19 May 2014 [ Daniel Salisbury and Ian .J Stewart ]

Chemical weapons and trade: Preventing the next Syria’, The Conversation (November 2013) [Susan Martin, Daniel Salisbury and David Takac]

'Engaging China in Proliferation Prevention'Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (October 2013) [Wyn Q. Bowen, Ian. J Stewart and Daniel Salisbury]

How the Private Sector can do More to Prevent Illicit Trade’, Arms Control Today(July/August 2013)

Targeted: A case in Iranian Illicit Missile Procurement' Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (2013), Vol. 69, No.3, pp. 23-30. [Daniel Salisbury and David Lowrie]

‘Partnerships with the Private Sector: Addressing the Illicit Procurement of Proliferation Sensitive Goods’, in Stephanie Spies & Sarah Weiner eds. Project on Nuclear Issues: A Collection of Papers from the 2012 Conference Series, June 2013 (US: Rowman and Littlefield)

‘Iran’s Cruise Missile Tests: Arms Transfers, Oil, Vulnerability and Politics’, World Defence Systems, Vol.1, (2012)

‘India, Japan Discuss Terms of Nuclear Trade’, Arms Control Today, (September 2010), pp.49 – 50. [Daniel Salisbury and Eric Auner]

Research and Knowledge Transfer

My current research areas include nuclear security and UK nuclear history. I have also been involved in other projects at CSSS and elsewhere, including the UK-China Next Generation Nuclear Dialogue (2013 - 2015), and a joint ESRC and industry-sponsored project on Sanctions and the Insurance Industry.

I am interested in open source intelligence (OSINT) and its application to contemporary security issues. This was the topic of a recent volume co-edited with Dr Christopher Hobbs and Dr Matthew Moran.

I maintain an interest in issues surrounding proliferation and illicit trade. My work on illicit procurement has been cited by the United Nations Panel of Experts established pursuant to resolution 1929 (2010) (relating to the implementation of Iran sanctions) and featured on BBC Radio 4.

I am also involved in the delivery of professional development courses (PDC) in nuclear security education. These seek to strengthen global nuclear security by contributing to the development of a new cadre education and training experts. Our current efforts are focused on South Africa and Indonesia.

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