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Dr Daniel Salisbury is a  Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) within the Department of War Studies. He is currently undertaking a three-year research project on arms embargos as part of a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship. Daniel is also a Non-Resident Associate at the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He previously held positions at the Stimson Center, the Belfer Center, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, CSSS and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Daniel is the author of Secrecy, Public Relations and the British Nuclear Debate: How the UK Government Learned to Talk about the Bomb, 1970-1983 (Routledge Cold War History series, 2020). He is also the author or co-author of over 20 journal articles and book chapters, and the co-editor of two books on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and UN Security Council resolution 1540.

Daniel has acted as a Subject Matter Expert at over 30 nuclear security and export control capacity building workshops in over 10 countries around the world since 2012. He holds a PhD in War Studies, MA in Science and Security and BA in War Studies from King's College London. He sits on the editorial board of the Strategic Trade Review and became an Associate of King’s College London (AKC) in 2010.


  • Illicit trade and proliferation networks
  • Arms embargoes
  • Sanctions and export controls
  • Cold War history
  • British nuclear history
  • Nuclear security
  • Nonproliferation
  • Nuclear and missile programmes

Daniel’s research interests encompass a number of areas: nuclear and intelligence history, nuclear and conventional arms proliferation, countering illicit networks and preventing nuclear terrorism. His new three-year Leverhulme Trust research project seeks to situate his research on illicit trade and proliferation networks within a broader picture of technology and arms transfers, defence industrial base issues and great power politics during the history of the Cold War.



  • Secrecy, Public Relations and the British Nuclear Debate: How the UK Government Learned to Talk About the Bomb, 1970-1983 (UK: Routledge, 2020).
  • Preventing the Proliferation of WMDs: Measuring the Success of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) [Co-edited with Ian Stewart and Andrea Viski]
  • Open Source Intelligence in the Twenty-First Century: New Approaches and Opportunities (UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) [Co-edited with Matthew Moran and Christopher Hobbs]

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See Daniel's research profile