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Dan Smith


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. Among other issues, he has studied and written on the relationship between climate change and insecurity, peace and security issues in the Middle East, peacebuilding, the ethics of forcible intervention in conflicts, gender and conflict, nuclear arms control and strategy, and global conflict drivers, dynamics and trends. 

Smith served four years in the UN Peacebuilding Fund Advisory group, two of which (2010–2011) were as Chair. He has an intimate knowledge of how peacebuilding works (or doesn’t) in a wide variety of countries and regions. 

He was part-time Professor of Peace and Conflict at the University of Manchester, attached to the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute from January 2014 to mid-2017. He is the author of successive editions of atlases of politics, war and peace, and the Middle East and blogs on international politics at

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

English, French

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

United Kingdom
  • 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
External publications
  • Delgado, C. and Smith, D., Hunger and food systems in conflict settings, 2021 Global Hunger Index, Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide (2021)
  • Smith, D. and Krampe, F., Climate-Related Security Risks in the Middle East, in Anders Jägerskog, Michael Schulz, and Ashok Swain (eds.) Routledge Handbook on Middle East Security, London: Routledge (2019)
  • Smith, D., The State of the Middle East, 3rd, New Internationalist (2016); (2nd edn 2008: London, Earthscan; Berkeley/LA, UC California Press) (1st edition 2006)
  • 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)
  • Smith, D., The State of the World Atlas (9th edition 2013: Oxford, New Internationalist; New York, Penguin) (8th edn 2008; 7th edn 2003)