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Ian J. Stewart

Senior Research Associate

ianjstewartCentre for Science and Strategic Studies

Room S1.22

War Studies Department

King’s College London

Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

Tel: 0207 848 1342



Ian J. Stewart is a Senior Researcher in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London where he heads Project Alpha. He is also the training advisor for the consortium implementing the European Union’s Partner-2-Partner program on dual-use goods. He is a specialist on issues related to export controls, sanctions, and non-proliferation more generally. Ian, an engineer by training, has many years of experience in government and working with companies and international organisations in relation to non-proliferation matters. He was also a research fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.  

Project Alpha

Ian was seconded from the British Ministry of Defence in 2011 to establish Project Alpha at King’s College London. Originally envisioned as a mechanism for engaging the private sector in preventing proliferation, the early years of Project Alpha focused on outreach to industry in the UK, as well as characterising the nature of Iranian proliferation-related trade. Alpha has grown to have three strands; understanding illicit trade, building capacity to counter illicit trade, and strengthening the international non-proliferation regime to counter illicit trade. Project Alpha also provides support to various parts of the European Union in relation to the implementation of export controls. (

The EU P2P program on Dual-use goods (2015-2017)

Ian is Training 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 export controls 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.

Alpha-POST: 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. The Project Alpha website contains several visualisations through which he has sought to make proliferation-relevant information more usable and more understandable. Additionally, at present, Ian is currently working to create a semi-automated capability that can systematically collect and collate open source information related to non-proliferation.

Other interests

In addition to the professional roles set out above, Ian is also undertaking a part-time PhD in which he examines 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. 

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