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Dr John Hart

Head, Chemical and Biological Security Project

Dr John Hart

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Dr John Hart is a Senior Researcher and Head of the Chemical and Biological Security Project within the SIPRI Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme. He joined SIPRI in 2001.

Subject expertise

Chemical and biological weapons; arms control and disarmament; verification; secrecy policy; non-state actor developments; military history

Regional expertise


Phone number
+46 766 286 239
English, Russian

Doctor of Military Sciences (DScMil), Finnish National Defence University

United States
  • Science and Technology correspondent, Applied Science and Analysis, Inc. (ASA)
  • European Biosafety Association (EBSA), Member
  • International Institute for International Affairs (IISS), Member
External publications
  • Toprak, S., Ersoy, G., Hart, J. and Clevestig, P., ‘The Pathology of lethal exposure to the riot control agents: towards a forensics-based methodology for determining misuse’, Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine (2015). [accepted for publication on 28 Nov. 2014; published online 9 Dec. 2014].
  • Hart, J. and Trapp, R., 'Science and Technology and their Impacts on the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: a Synthesis Report on Preparing for the Seventh Review Conference and Future Challenges', Occasional report (SIPRI: Stockholm, Dec. 2011).
  • Kuhlau, F. and Hart, J., ‘Biosecurity and international security implications’, in Ed. J. Peter Burgess, The Routledge Handbook of New Security Studies (Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom, 2010), pp. 173–83.
  • Hart, J., ‘Background to selected environmental and human health effects of chemical warfare agents’, eds O. Hutzinger, D. Barceló and A. Kostianoy, The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry vol. 3: Anthropogenic Compounds (Springer, 2009).
  • Hart, J. and Fedchenko, V., ‘WMD inspection and verification regimes: political and technical challenges’, eds N. E. Busch and D. H. Joyner, Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction: the Future of International Non-Proliferation Policy (University of Georgia Press, 2009).
  • Hart, J., ‘An introduction to the political and technical challenges posed by sea-dumped chemical and conventional weapons: the case of the Baltic Sea’, Briefing Paper no. EP/EXPO/B/SEDE/FWC/2006–10/Lot4/16, European Parliament, Directorate General External Policies of the Union, Dec. 2008.
  • Garrett, B. C. and Hart, J., Historical Dictionary of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare (Scarecrow Press, 2007).
  • Hart, J., ‘The Soviet biological weapons program’, in Eds Dando, Malcolm, Rózsa, Lajos and Wheelis, Mark, Deadly Cultures: Biological Weapons Since 1945 (Harvard University Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2006), pp. 132–56.