Daniel Salisbury

Postdoctoral Fellow

Monterey, CA

Areas of Research

  • Nonproliferation and export controls
  • Nuclear security
  • British nuclear history


Before joining CNS Daniel worked at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London (KCL) from 2011-2016. At CSSS he worked on a series of projects on non-proliferation and export controls and nuclear security. This included Project Alpha which seeks to engage industry on non-proliferation issues, and a Nuclear Security Culture Consortium outreach project funded by the British government.


Daniel submitted his PhD thesis at King’s College London (KCL) entitled “From Silence to “Showmanship”: The British government’s presentation of nuclear policy, 1974-1983″ in September 2016. He holds a MA in Science and Security and a BA in War Studies also from KCL.

Select Bibliography

  • “70 Years of British Nuclear Debates: A Short Overview,” in Andrew Futter ed. The United Kingdom and Nuclear Weapons: The Trident Debate Renewed (UK: Rowman Littlefield, 2016)
  • Is Belgium’s nuclear security up to scratch?” with Robert Downes, The Conversation, 29 March 2016.
  • “Exploring the changing role of Chinese entities in WMD Proliferation,” with Lucy Jones, China Quarterly (2016), Vol.225, pp. 50-72.
  • Centers of Excellence in East Asia: Encouraging Collaborative Approaches to Nuclear Security,” with Chris Hobbs, Stanley Foundation Policy Analysis Brief, October 2015.
  • “Shadow Channels: Iran’s use of illicit procurement methods,” with Nick Gillard, Jane’s Intelligence Review, October 2015, pp.46-52.
  • The obscure Chinese Businessman Accused of Selling Missile Parts to Iran,” with Nick Gillard, Vice, 23 July 2015.
  • “Sanctions and the Insurance Industry: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities,” with Matthew Moran, Business and Politics (2014), Vol.16, No.3, pp.429–451.
  • Edited with Christopher Hobbs and Matthew Moran, Open Source Intelligence in the Twenty-First Century: New Approaches and Opportunities (UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • “OSINT and Proliferation Procurement: Combating Illicit Trade” in Christopher Hobbs, Matthew Moran and Daniel Salisbury eds. Open Source Intelligence in the Twenty-First Century: New Approaches and Opportunities (UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • “Trade Controls and Non-Proliferation: Compliance Costs, Drivers and Challenges,” Business and Politics (2013), Vol.15, No.4, pp.529 -551.
  • Chemical weapons and trade: Preventing the next Syria,” with Susan Martin and David Takac, The Conversation, 8 November 2013.
  • Engaging China in Proliferation Prevention,” with Wyn Q Bowen and Ian J Stewart, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 29 October 2013.
  • How the Private Sector Can Do More to Prevent Illicit Trade,” Arms Control Today, July/August 2013.
  • “Targeted: A Case in Iranian Illicit Missile Procurement,” with David Lowrie, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (2013), Vol.69, No.3, pp.23-30.
  • “Iran’s Cruise Missile Tests: Arms Transfers, Oil, Vulnerability and Politics,” World Defence Systems, Vol.1, (2012)