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Dr Neil John Melvin

Project Head

Dr Neil John Melvin

Neil Melvin

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.

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

Phone number
+46 8 655 97 46
English, Russian

PhD in Politics, St Antony's College, Oxford University, UK

United Kingdom
External publications
  • 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)