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Hassan Elbahtimy is a Lecturer in Science and Security at the War Studies Department. He is associate researcher at the Nuclear Knowledge Programme at the University of Sciences Po (France). He is convener of the Global Nuclear Order Working Group at the British International Studies Association (BISA) and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Hassan’s research to date has focused on two main areas: the interplay between science and global security particularly the politics of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons; and the history and modern politics of the Middle East. He has published extensively on various aspects of arms control verification, the politics and history of nuclear energy in the Middle East, the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. A list of his academic publications can be found here.

Hassan works within the Centre of Science and Security Studies (CSSS) and contribute to the various research and capacity building activities in the Centre including professional development courses on nuclear security. From 2014-2016, he ran an innovative research and training project on the role of human factors in nuclear verification at King’s College London in partnership with the Norwegian Institute of Energy Technology and the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment. This included running 8 verification simulations in Norway involving British, German, Egyptian, South African, American and Russian participants. Since 2015, he has co-edited, with Professor John Simpson, the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Briefing Book that is updated regularly and serves as a reference guide to diplomats, civil society and academics working on the nuclear non-proliferation regime. 

Prior to joining King’s College London, Hassan worked as a senior researcher at VERTIC focusing on the verification of international arms control treaties. In that position, he participated in the ground breaking UK-Norway Initiative on verifying warhead dismantlement. He also ran professional development courses on nuclear safeguards and regulations in several African states. Prior to that, he worked as an arms control & disarmament diplomat in the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Hassan holds a PhD and MA in Science and Security from the War Studies Department, a Diplôme d'Université - (D.U.) in International Nuclear Law from the University of Montpellier, and M.B.B.Ch (M.D.) from Cairo University. He was awarded the United Nations Disarmament Fellowship in 2006.

Research Interests

  • Politics of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their technologies
  • Arms control verification
  • Science, Technology and global governance
  • International norms
  • Health security
  • Security in the Middle East


  • Science and security of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons (MA)
  • Current issues in science and security (MA)
  • Proliferation and international security (MA)
  • Contemporary security issues (BA)
  • Homegrown Radicalisation (MA)
  • Understanding deterrence in theory and practice (MA)
  • Arms control case studies, 1968- today (MA)
  • PhD supervision on issues listed in research interests