Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor Dan Plesch

Key information

Roles
Department of Politics and International Studies Professor of Diplomacy and Strategy Centre for Iranian Studies Member Centre on the Politics of Infrastructure and Energy Security CEPES Member Member Centre for Global Media and Communications Associate Member
Department
Department of Politics and International Studies
Qualifications
BA (Nottingham), PhD(Keele)
Building
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office
4417
Email address
dp27@soas.ac.uk
Telephone number
+44 (0)20 7898 4841
Support hours
Term 1: Tuesday 12:00 noon - 2:00pm
Terms 2 & 3: Mondays 11 - 1

Biography

Professor Plesch is Professor of Diplomacy and Strategy at SOAS University of London and is a 'door tenant' at the legal chambers of 9 Bedford Row, in London.

His most recent research Women and the UN: a new history of women’s international human rights with Professor Rebecca Adami is published in 2021.

He is the author of Human Rights After Hitler - featured on Netflix, reported on US National Public Radio and in other international media. His previous books include: America Hitler and the UN, Wartime Origins and the Future UN (with Prof. Weiss) and the Beauty Queen's Guide to World Peace. He leads research on the UN, War Crimes and on Disarmament. See www.scrapweapons.com www. unwcc.org and the cisd research pages.

Plesch read history at Nottingham and qualified in social work and public administration at Bristol and has a PhD in political science from Keele. 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.

Plesch has been Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service at American University, 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 advisor to the UK and US governments, the BBC, CNN and Sky News. He was the independent advisor to the UK government's department of constitutional affairs on the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act. His research has featured in global media since the 1980s.

Research interests

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.

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Mr Vincent Hakyemez Research on visa policies
Ms Felicia Jackson
Ewan Lawson The United Nations War Crimes Commission and Crimes of Sexual Violence
Mr Neale Vickery Britain and the United Nations, 1945-1951

Publications

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