- Armament and disarmament
- Conflict and peace
- Peace and development
Dan Smith is the Director of SIPRI. He has a long record of research and publication on a wide range of conflict and peace issues such as nationalism, identity politics, armed conflicts, ethics of intervention, gender aspects of conflict and peace building. In recent years, his work has broadened to encompass other contemporary issues such as the relationship between climate change and insecurity, peace and security issues in the Middle East and global conflict trends. Smith has served four years in the UN Peacebuilding Fund Advisory group, two of which (2010–2011) were as Chair.
Smith has an intimate knowledge of how peacebuilding works (or doesn’t) in a wide variety of countries and regions. He is also a renowned scholar and analyst on and is Professor of Peace & Conflict, University of Manchester, attached to Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (0.2 FTE) since January 2014. He is the author of successive editions of atlases of politics, war and peace, with a special focus on the Middle East and blogs on international politics at www.dansmithsblog.com.
He has lived most of his adult life in the UK with a 10-year spell in Norway. He has travelled professionally to more than 60 countries.
Wide range of conflict and peace issues such as nationalism, identity politics, armed conflicts, ethics of intervention, gender aspects of conflict and peace building, relationship between climate change and insecurity
Middle East, Africa
Christ's College, Cambridge; BA June 1973 (MA January 1977) English Literature