Global WMD Issues

Our research focuses on regional affairs associated with the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons; countering proliferation finance; and broader issues of deterrence, disarmament and arms control.




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Our work assesses a broad range of WMD-related issues, with particular focus on North Korea’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons capabilities, Russian nuclear strategic culture and the Iranian nuclear programme. Project Sandstone systematically analyses and exposes North Korea’s proliferation networks using open source data-mining and data-fusion techniques. In addition, our Counter-Proliferation Finance project examines ways to disrupt the illicit financial activities of proliferators such as North Korea and proposes practical solutions for the effective implementation of sanctions. Our experts are involved in the high-level France/UK/US trilateral nuclear dialogues and multiple private and public dialogues at both governmental and inter-governmental levels.

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Our experts


Malcolm Chalmers

Deputy Director-General

Senior Management

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James Byrne

Director, OSIA

Open Source Intelligence and Analysis (OSIA)

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Lennie Phillips OBE

Senior Research Fellow, Chemical Weapons

Proliferation and Nuclear Policy

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Darya Dolzikova​

Research Fellow

Proliferation and Nuclear Policy

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Joe Byrne

Research Fellow

Open Source Intelligence and Analysis (OSIA)

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Gary Somerville

Research Fellow

Open Source Intelligence and Analysis (OSIA)

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Jack Crawford

Research Analyst

Open Source Intelligence and Analysis (OSIA)

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Fellows


Dr Aaron Arnold

Senior Associate Fellow; Former member of the UN Panel of Experts for DPRK sanctions

Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies

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Andrea Berger

Associate Fellow

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M. Elaine Bunn

Senior Associate Fellow

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Professor David Crouch

Senior Associate Fellow - Specialist in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) remediation processes

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Emil Dall

Associate Fellow; Former CFCS Senior Research Fellow, RUSI

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Catherine Dill

Associate Fellow

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Professor Steve Fetter

Senior Associate Fellow; Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland

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Dan Kaszeta

Associate Fellow

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Hamish Macdonald

Associate Fellow

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Tom Plant

Senior Associate Fellow

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Dr Daniel Salisbury

RUSI Associate Fellow - Expert in nuclear security and open source intelligence

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Cristina Varriale

Associate Fellow

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Dr John R. Walker OBE

Senior Associate Fellow

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Dr Heather Williams

Associate Fellow

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Amy Woolf

Senior Associate Fellow

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Dr Luba Zatsepina

Former Research Fellow

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Chemical and Biological Threats

Deterrence and Risk in the New Nuclear Age

Stopping the Spread of Nuclear Weapons and Their Means of Delivery

Assessing North Korea’s Chemical Weapons Capability

North Korea’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Capabilities

UK Nuclear Deterrence and Arms Control Futures

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