Dan Smith is the Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. He is also a Professor at the University of Manchester’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute. From 2003 to 2015 he was Secretary General of the London-based international peacebuilding organization International Alert, and before that Director of the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo.
He has also held fellowships at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Hellenic Foundation for Foreign and European Policy and was, for over a decade, the Chair of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting.
Smith is the author of The State of the Middle East Atlas, as well as successive editions of The State of the World Atlas and The Atlas of War and Peace. At International Alert he produced an influential report entitled A Climate of Conflict, on the links between climate change, peace and war.
He was Chair of the Advisory Group for the UN Peacebuilding Fund in 2010 and 2011.
Smith was awarded the OBE in 2002, and blogs on international politics at www.dansmithsblog.com.
Listen to him talking about Middle East issues here.