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Daniel Salisbury is a 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 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, published by Routledge as part of the Cold War History Series in March 2020. He is also the author or co-author of 10 journal articles 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 KCL. He sits on the editorial board of the Strategic Trade Review and became an Associate of King’s College London (AKC) in 2010.

Research Interests

  • Illicit trade

  • Sanctions

  • Arms embargoes

  • Export controls

  • Nuclear security

  • Nonproliferation

  • Nuclear and missile programmes

  • British nuclear history

Selected Publications

  • Secrecy, Public Relations and the British Nuclear Debate: How the UK Government Learned to Talk About the Bomb, 1970-1983 (UK: Routledge, 2020).
  • ‘Going it alone: The causes and consequences of U.S. extraterritorial counterproliferation enforcement’ (with Aaron Arnold). Contemporary Security Policy 40, no.4 (2019): 435-458,
  • ‘Combating nuclear smuggling? Exploring drivers and challenges to detecting nuclear and radiological materials within the maritime environment’ (with Robert Downes and Christopher Hobbs). Nonproliferation Review 26, nos.1-2 (2019): 83-104,
  • ‘The Long Arm: How U.S. Law Enforcement Expanded its Extraterritorial Reach to Counter WMD Proliferation Networks’ (with Aaron Arnold). Belfer Center/Managing the Atom Paper (February 2019):  
  • ‘An Evolving State of Play? Exploring Competitive Advantages of State Assets in Proliferation Networks.’ Defense & Security Analysis 35, no.1 (2019): 2-22,
  • ‘Exploring the Use of “Third Countries” in Proliferation Networks: the case of Malaysia’, European Journal of International Security 4, no.1 (2019): 101-122,
  • ‘Why do Entities Get Involved in Proliferation? Exploring the Criminology of Illicit WMD-related Trade’, Nonproliferation Review 24, no.3-4 (2017): 297-314,