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Alpha Nonproliferation Hub

About Alpha

Project Alpha is a government-funded academic project that works to understand and counter illicit, proliferation-related trade. This involves three strands of work:

1. Understanding illicit trade through:

    • Researching and publishing examples of illicit trade through the Alpha case studies series
    • Researching the manufacturing base of proliferation-sensitive items in order to understand the size, shape and technical capability of the supply chain
    • Making available a wide range of information and guidance on the Iran nuclear agreement (Security Council Resolution  2231)

2. Improving the implementation of trade controls in order to counter illicit trade. This involves:

    • Conducting industry engagement in China in partnership with Chinese authorities
    • Conducting industry outreach in the UK in partnership with the Export Control Organisation and other relevant Departments.
    • Providing a variety of services to business, including free elearning, training and consultancy

3. Informing efforts to optimise the non-proliferation regime. This includes:

    • Supporting implementation of relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, including Resolution 1540 (2004) (aimed at preventing non-state actor involvement in proliferation), and sanctions resolutions adopted against Iran and North Korea
    • Supporting the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) through UK support programme
    • Providing sectoral guidance for the academic, financial, insurance and maritime & shipping sectors  
    • Providing interactive visualisations on global participation in nonproliferation efforts, sanctions regimes and export licensing statistics  

Alpha is based in the Centre for Science and Security Studies at King’s College London. As a project based in academia, Alpha aims to publish research findings through a variety of mediums, including peer reviewed journals, the CSSS paper series, and via the Alpha website. Alist of publications can be found here.


Project Alpha staff

Mr Ian J Stewart, Head

Mr Nick Gillard, Researcher and Analyst

Mr Nick Mitchell, Alpha Associate

Mr Glenn Anderson, Alpha Associate

Dr Geoff Smith, Alpha Associate

Ms Cristina Rotaru, Alpha Associate

Mr John Druce, Alpha Associate

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