Proliferation and Nuclear Policy

We provide detailed analysis and research on contemporary weapons of mass destruction-related issues.

The Proliferation and Nuclear Policy research group tackles a broad range of weapons of mass destruction-related issues. Our analysis is regularly used to inform senior decision-makers internationally, at both the governmental and inter-governmental level. 

Our current work includes assessing regional proliferation issues, with a particular focus on the Iranian nuclear programme and North Korea’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons capabilities. In addition, we are dedicated to analysing the UK’s nuclear policy, and provide authoritative insights into broader issues of deterrence, disarmament and arms control.

Our team runs the pioneering Project Sandstone, which utilises open-source intelligence techniques to monitor and report on North Korea’s proliferation networks and sanctions-evasion activities. We also provide ongoing support to RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies in its work on countering proliferation finance. 

The team prides itself on its highly-regarded engagement activities. The UK Project on Nuclear Issues (UK PONI) is a cross-generational network that connects emerging nuclear scholars and professionals with established experts. We are also the UK’s lead for the high-level France–UK–US trilateral nuclear dialogues, and convene multiple public and private dialogues with governmental and non-governmental representatives, as well as holding bespoke training sessions for intergovernmental organisations and industry.

Key projects

UK Project on Nuclear Issues

The UK Project on Nuclear Issues (UK PONI) is a cross-generational network of over 900 members, which encourages young scholars and professionals to engage with established experts on contemporary nuclear issues.

Trilateral Nuclear Dialogues

The Trilateral Nuclear Dialogues convene current and former senior officials and experts from the US, France and the UK to discuss nuclear policy issues.

Project Sandstone

RUSI’s Project Sandstone is a new effort to systematically analyse and expose North Korean illicit shipping networks.

UK PONI Newsletter

Research areas

View the key topic areas cover by the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy research group.

Proliferation Financing
Technology, Security and Intelligence
UK Nuclear Policy and Programmes

Latest publications

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