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Dr Lyndon Burford is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Science and Security Studies, King’s College London. He was an advisor on the New Zealand delegation at the 2015 NPT Review Conference and is a past recipient of the McElvany Nonproliferation Prize from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, for his essay on an international user-pays model to fund nuclear risk reduction. His research interests include the challenge of nuclear disarmament in an international security environment dominated by nuclear deterrence strategies; the influence of national identity and domestic politics on nuclear disarmament; and the relationship between the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Auckland, an MA in Political Science from the University of Canterbury, and a BA in Russian Studies from the University of Otago.

Research Interest

  • Nuclear disarmament
  • Nuclear deterrence
  • National identity
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
  • Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
  • New Zealand foreign policy
  • Canadian nuclear weapons policy
  • Disarmament and nonproliferation education

Recent Publications

“A Risk-Driven Approach to Nuclear Disarmament.” European Leadership Network, June 25, 2019.

“New Zealand and Disarmament: Where National and Global Interests Converge” (with Kate Dewes) in Small States and the Changing Global Order: New Zealand Faces the Future, ed. Anne-Marie Brady (Cham: Springer, 2019).

“Sidetrack or Kickstart? How to Respond to the US Proposal on Nuclear Disarmament” (with Oliver Meier and Nick Ritchie), Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, April 19, 2019.