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Dr Ian J. Stewart is director of Project Alpha at King's College London, which works to understand and counter proliferation-related trade. He is also the scientific advisor for the consortium implementing the European Union’s Partner-2-Partner program on dual-use goods.

Ian is a specialist on issues related to export controls, sanctions, and non-proliferation more generally. Ian came to KCL from the British Ministry of Defence, where he was a nuclear engineer working on nuclear deterrent and non-proliferation issues. He holds masters degrees in nuclear science and technology and electrical and electronic engineering together with his Phd in War Studies. 

Project Alpha

Ian was seconded from the British Ministry of Defence in 2011 to establish Project Alpha at King’s College London. Under Ian's leadership, Project Alpha has grown over time to focus on all aspects of non-proliferation and illicit trade. For more information on  Project Alpha, see

The EU P2P program on Dual-use goods

Ian is a Scientific Adviser and member of the project management team for a consortium lead by Expertise France to run this program for the EU.

In this role, Ian is responsible for the training delivered by the consortium in nearly 30 partner countries.

Ian oversaw the development of a comprehensive training curriculum on export controls, which is now hosted on the EU export control portal website. (

Ian is also involved in organising and delivery of the EU Summer University on Non-Proliferation and Export Controls which ran for the first time in 2015. 

Research Interests

Ian’s principle area of research relates to non-proliferation and illicit trade. His research focuses on implementation and enforcement of export controls as well as evasion of these measures. Secondary research interests relate to open source intelligence and nuclear history.


A current side interest of Ian’s is open source information fusion. Having spent many years using antiquated government IT infrastructure, Ian is keen to explore what novel tools and solutions can be leveraged for non-proliferation purposes.With this in mind, Ian developed Alpha-POST, a big data information fusion platform. He also oversees the development of various machine learning algorithms which use data from Alpha-POST to address key important non-proliferation and international security requirements.  

Other interests

In addition to the professional roles set out above, Ian also undertook a part-time PhD in which he examined the evolution of the non-proliferation regime through the lens of collective action. Research for this PhD has taken him to nearly every US Presidential archive – from Truman to Reagan – and he has amassed more than 50,000 pages of original primary source materials from archive sources. Ian is still exploring this vast archive and intends to make it available online.