Dr Neil John Melvin

melvin130x100.jpgCitizenship: United Kingdom
Position at SIPRI: Head of the Conflict, Violence and Peacebuilding in the Caucasus Project
Subject expertise: Contemporary forms of conflict, civil wars, resources and conflict, energy security, European security, security and conflict in Eurasia 
Regional expertise: Central Asia, Former Soviet Union, Baltic states, Ukraine, Moldova
Languages: English, Russian
Education: PhD in Politics, St Antony's College, Oxford University, UK
Contact: Email. Phone: +46 8 655 97 46

Dr Neil Melvin has extensive experience both as a researcher and as a policy practitioner. Prior to joining SIPRI he held Senior Adviser positions in the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. He has also worked at a variety of leading policy institutes in Europe. Dr Melvin has published widely on issues of conflict, with a particular focus on ethno-religious issues. In recent years he has broadened his research interests to consider the impact of resources on conflict, notably the issue of energy and conflict. Dr Melvin joined SIPRI as Director of the Programme on Armed Conflict and Conflict Management in May 2010.

Current activities
  • Developing SIPRI's work on Eurasia and the future of peace interventions 
Former positions
  • Senior Adviser to the Secretary General, Energy Charter Secretariat, Brussels, Belgium, 2008–10
  • Reader in International Conflict Analysis, Brussels School of International Studies at the University of Kent, Brussels, Belgium, 2007–2008
  • Associate Senior Research Fellow, The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels, Belgium, 2006–2008
  • Project Leader and Senior Researcher, SIPRI, Stockholm, Sweden, 2005–2006
  • Senior Adviser, High Commissioner on National Minorities (OSCE), The Hague, Netherlands, 2001–2005
Recent Publications
  • Melvin, N. and Umaraliev, T., 'New social media and conflict in Kyrgyzstan', SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security no. 2011/1

  • Melvin, N., ‘Preventing and managing energy conflicts: is there a role for cooperative security?', Security and Human Rights, vol. 21, no. 1 (Mar. 2010)
  • Melvin, N., ‘The European Union, Kazakhstan and the 2010 OSCE chairmanship’, Security and Human Rights, vol. 20, no. 1 (Mar. 2009)
  • Melvin, N. and Boonstra, J., ‘The EU strategy for Central Asia @ year one’, EUCAM Policy Brief no. 1 (Oct. 2008)
  • Melvin, N., Conflict in Southern Thailand: Islamism, Violence and the State in the Patani Insurgency, SIPRI Policy Paper no. 20 (Sep. 2007)
  • Melvin, N., ‘The European Union's strategic role in Central Asia’, Centre for European Policy Studies Policy Brief no. 128, (Mar. 2007)
Annual Review 2014

SIPRI Annual Review, 2013

Annual Review 2014 contains highlights from SIPRI's research programme activities in 2014 as well as details of flagship SIPRI events and publications, significant media coverage, financial information, and staff facts and figures

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