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Dr Daniel Salisbury

Research Fellow

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Research Interests

  • Nuclear security
  • Nonproliferation, illicit trade, export controls and sanctions
  • British nuclear history


Daniel Salisbury is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) within the Department of War Studies. Daniel joined CSSS in July 2018 from the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs where he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow. Previously he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, a Research Associate at CSSS, and a Research Assistant at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

At CSSS he works on a series of projects on nuclear security and non-proliferation. Daniel was awarded his PhD from KCL in 2017 for a thesis entitled “From Silence to “Showmanship”: The British government’s presentation of nuclear policy, 1974-1983”. He holds a MA in Science and Security and a BA in War Studies also from King's.  Daniel is also a non-resident Associate with the Managing the Atom Project at the Belfer Center, and on the editorial board of the Strategic Trade Review journal. He was a 2017 CSIS PONI Nuclear Scholar and is now a member of the CSIS PONI Mid-Career Cadre. He became an Associate of King’s College London (AKC) in 2010.

Selected Publications


  • Edited with Ian Stewart and Andrew Viski, Preventing the Proliferation of WMDs: Measuring the Success of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
  • Edited with Christopher Hobbs and Matthew Moran, Open Source Intelligence in the Twenty-First Century: New Approaches and Opportunities (UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

Journal Articles

  • ‘An Evolving State of Play? Exploring Competitive Advantages of State Assets in Proliferation Networks’, Defence & Security Analysis (forthcoming 2018/2019).
  • ‘Exploring the Use of “Third Countries” in Proliferation Networks: the case of Malaysia’, European Journal of International Security, forthcoming 2018.
  • ‘North Korea’s Missile Programme and Supply-Side Controls: Lessons for Countering Illicit Procurement’, RUSI Journal (2018), Vol.163, No.4, pp.50-61.
  • ‘Why do Entities Get Involved in Proliferation? Exploring the Criminology of Illicit WMD-related Trade’, Nonproliferation Review (2017), Vol.24, No.3-4, pp.297-314.
  • ‘Exploring the changing role of Chinese entities in WMD Proliferation’, with Lucy Jones, China Quarterly (2016), Vol.225, pp.50-72.
  • ‘Non-State Actors as Proliferators: Preventing their Involvement’, with Ian J. Stewart, Strategic Trade Review (2016), Vol.2, No.3, p. 5-26.
  • ‘Sanctions and the Insurance Industry: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities’, with Matthew Moran, Business and Politics (2014), Vol.16, No.3, pp.429–451.
  • ‘Trade controls and non-proliferation: compliance costs, drivers and challenges’, Business and Politics (2013), Vol.15, No.4, pp.529 -551.
  • ‘Targeted: A case in Iranian Illicit Missile Procurement’, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (2013), with David Lowrie, Vol.69, No.3, pp.23-30.

Other Publications


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