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Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Dr Dan Plesch

BA (Nottingham), PhD(Keele)

Overview

Dan Plesch
Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)

Director of CISD and Senior Lecturer

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)

Member

Centre for Iranian Studies

Member

Centre on the Politics of Energy Security (CEPES)

CEPES Member

Name:
Dr Dan Plesch
Email address:
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7898 4840
Fax:
+44 (0)20 7436 3844
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
4434
Office Hours:
By appointment

Biography

Dr Plesch read history at Nottingham and obtained professional qualifications in social work and public administration from Bristol in 1979 and 1980, he then worked for non-governmental organisations focused on the abolition of nuclear weapons. In 1986 he founded the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) and directed it from Washington DC until 2001, when he became the Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London.

Academic posts since 1988 include Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University, Research Associate at Birkbeck College, University of London and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Keele University.

Outside academia, he has acted as consultant and advisor to the UK and US governments, the BBC, CNN, Sky News, Kroll Security International, Oxfam, the Foreign Policy Centre and Greenpeace. He was the independent advisor to the UK government's department of constitutional affairs on the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act.

He gave the keynote address to the official conference on the London bombings of 7/7/05, and was invited to give a plenary address to the World Congress on Renewable Energy in 2006. Contributions to newspapers, include the New York Times, Washington Post, The Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian and the New Statesman.

Teaching

Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised

Research

In 1985 the Washington Post devoted a front-page 1,200 word news story to his research into the nuclear weapons policies of the Reagan Administration and its NATO allies, and the relationship of these governments to their legislatures. Since then his research has been focused on critical contemporary global issues and his work has often attracted similar attention.

For fifteen years he led international research-based applied international relations programmes as director of BASIC. These programmes focused on Western nuclear weapons policy, doctrine and deployments, UN disarmament processes, EU and NATO security policy and the development of global controls on small arms. This research was supported by governments and by such organisations as the Ford and MacArthur Foundations.

In recent years he has broaden his research into area including corporate accountability, energy policy, global counter-insurgency strategies, the origins of the present UN system and UK Parliamentary law.

Expertise

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Languages

Publications

Authored Books

Plesch, Dan (2010) America, Hitler and the Un: How the Allies Won World War II and Forged a Peace. London: I.B.Tauris.

Plesch, Dan and Austin, Greg and Grant, Fiona and Sullivan, Stephen (2006) Bio-energy and CAP Reform: The Gains to Europe and Africa. London: Foreign Policy Centre.

Edited Books

Plesch, Dan, ed. (2008) International Relations. September 2008, Volume 22, No. 3. Los Angeles, London, New Delhi and Singapore: Sage.

Book Chapters

Plesch, Dan (2009) 'State Failure, Anarchy, War and Genocide.' In: Al-Rodhan, Nayef, (ed.), Potential Global Strategic Catastrophes: balancing transnational responsibilities and burden-sharing with sovereignty. Berlin: Lit Verlag, pp. 233-252. (Geneva Centre for Security Policy)

Articles

Blankenburg, Stephanie and Plesch, Dan and Wilkinson, Frank (2010) 'Limited liability and the modern corporation in theory and in practice.' Cambridge Journal of Economics, 34 (5). pp. 821-837.

Plesch, Dan (2008) 'Introducing the Concept of a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone.' International Relations, 22 (3). pp. 323-329.

Plesch, Dan (2008) 'How the UN beat Hitler and prepared the peace.' Global Society, 22 (1). pp. 137-158.

Plesch, Dan and Christiansen, Poul-Erik (2008) 'A Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East: Reflections on a Project of Academic Applied International Relations.' International Relations, 22 (3). pp. 391-396.

Blankenburg, Stephanie and Plesch, Dan and Sakamoto, E Elize (2007) 'Their gain and your pain: the limitations of limited liability.' Tribune . p. 15.

Blankenburg, Stephanie and Plesch, Dan (2007) 'Corporate rights and responsibilities: restoring legal accountability.' openDemocracy .

Plesch, Dan (2005) 'Corporate social Responsibility: questions of equality before the law, property rights and de-regulation.' Accountancy Business and the Public Interest, 4 (2). pp. 1-27.

Monographs

Plesch, Dan (2008) Strategic Concept for the Regulation of Arms Possession and Proliferation. Westminster: House of Commons.

Plesch, Dan and Blankenburg, Stephanie (2007) Corporate rights and responsibilities: restoring legal accountability. London: the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce).

Plesch, Dan and Butcher, Martin (2007) Considering a war with Iran. CISD.

Plesch, Dan (2006) The Future of Britain's WMD. London: The Foreign Policy Centre.

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