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Dan Smith

POSITION AT SIPRI
Director

Dan Smith

Dan Smith

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.

Subject expertise

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

Regional expertise

Middle East, Africa

Phone number
+46 8 655 97 50
Languages
English, French
Education

Christ's College, Cambridge; BA June 1973 (MA January 1977) English Literature

Citizenship
United Kingdom
Affiliations
  • Chair, Advisory Group, UN Peacebuilding Fund, 2010–11
  • Member, Advisory Group, UN Peacebuilding Fund, 2007–9
  • Chair, Institute for War & Peace Reporting, London, 1992–2006
SIPRI COMMENTARY
External publications
  • Vivekananda J., Schilling J. and Smith D., ‘Understanding Resilience in Climate Change and Conflict Affected Regions of Nepal’, Geopolitics (2014)
  • Vivekananda J., Schilling J. and Smith D.,  'Climate resilience in fragile and conflict-affected societies: concepts and approaches', Development in Practice, 24:4, 487-501(2014)
  • The State of the World Atlas (9th edition 2013: Oxford, New Internationalist; New York, Penguin) (8th edn 2008; 7th edn 2003)
  • The State of the Middle East, 3rd, in press (2nd edn 2008: London, Earthscan; Berkeley/LA, UC California Press) (1st edition 2006)