Dan Smith

PRIO Director 1993–2001, Senior Adviser

Dan Smith left PRIO in 2003. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

Study of the peacebuilding experience of Britain, Germany, Netherlands and Norway.


Upon leaving PRIO in 2003, Dan Smith became Secretary General of International Alert in London.

Languages spoken:

English, French

Working experience:

1973-75: CND, London
1976-78: Richardson Institute for Peace & Conflict Research
1978-80: Department of Economics, Birkbeck College, London
1981-88: Freelance
1988-91: Associate Director, Transnational Institute, Amsterdam
1991-93: Director, Transnational Institute, Amsterdam
1993-01: Director, PRIO
2001-02: Visiting Fellow, The Norwegian Nobel Institute
2001-03: Senior Adviser, PRIO
2003: Visiting Fellow, Hellenic Foundation for Foreign & European Policy, Athens


MA in English literature, Cambridge (UK) 1973


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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Smith, Dan (2002) Europe’s Peacebuilding Hour? Past Failures, Future Challenges, Journal of International Affairs 55(2): 441–460.
Smith, Dan (2001) A Candidate for the Canon, International Journal of Feminist Politics 3(1): 131–134.
Smith, Dan (2000) Ethical Uncertainties of Nationalism, Journal of Peace Research 37(4): 489–502.
Smith, Dan (1999) Integrating Serbia into the Balkan Region, Security Dialogue 30(3): 283–286.
Smith, Dan; & Fixdal, Mona (1998) Humanitarian Intervention and Just War , Mershon International Studies Review 42(2): 283–312.
Smith, Dan (1997) From Truth to Reconciliation, Security Dialogue 28(1).
Smith, Dan (1997) From Truth to Reconciliation?, Security Dialogue 28(1): 113–114.
Smith, Dan (1996) Security, Identity and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland: A Comment,, Security Dialogue 27(2): 179–184.
Smith, Dan (1996) The Field of Study in International Relations, European Journal of International Relations 2(2): 259–269.
Østerud, Øyvind & Dan Smith (1996) Nasjonalstat, nasjonalisme og politisk identitet: En skisse til forskningsagenda, Internasjonal Politikk 54(4): 435–455.
Smith, Dan (1994) Just War, Clausewitz and Sarajevo, Journal of Peace Research 31(2): 136–142.
Smith, Dan (1993) Between Urgencies and Impossibilities: New Security Architecture for Europe, Security Dialogue 24(3): 305–316.
Smith, Dan; Håkan Wiberg & Nils Petter Gleditsch (1992) The Nordic Countries: Peace Dividend or Security Dilemma?, Cooperation and Conflict 27(4): 323–347.
Smith, Dan; & Mundy, Clare (1980) ""Facts"" About the Military , Journal of Peace Research 17(3): 261–267.


Smith, Dan (2003) The State of the World Atlas. London: New Internationalist.
Smith, Dan (2003) Atlas of War and Peace. London: Routledge.
Smith, Dan (1999) The State of the World Atlas. London & New York: Penguin.

Book Chapter

Smith, Dan (2000) Trends and Causes of Armed Conflicts, in The Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation. Berlin: .
Smith, Dan (2000) The Norm of Sovereignty in the Age of Intervention, in Will World Peace Be Achievable in the 21st Century?. Seoul: (185–224).
Smith, Dan (1999) NATOs valg i 1999, in Mennesker og Rettigheter. (226–234).
Smith, Dan (1999) Sovereignty in the Age of Intervention, in Sovereign Intervention. PRIO Report 2/99. Oslo: (13–28).
Smith, Dan (1999) Konfliktförebyggandets filosofi, in Fredens Gränseland. Stockholm: (75–100).
Smith, Dan (1999) NATOs valg i 1999, in Mennesker og Rettigheter. (226–234).
Smith, Dan (1999) Preventing Conflict Escalation: Uncertainty and Knowledge, in The New Agenda for Peace Research. Aldershot: (161–178).
Smith, Dan (1999) Women, War and Peace, in Towards a Women's Agenda for a Culture of Peace. Paris: (57–75).
Smith, Dan (1998) Language and Discourse in Conflict and Conflict Resolution, in Language and Conflict: a Neglected Relationship. Clevedon: (8–42).
Smith, Dan (1998) Legitimacy, Justice and Preventive Intervention, in Preventing Violent Conflicts: Past Record and Future Challenges, Report no. 48. Uppsala: (261–278).
Smith, Dan (1997) ¿Por qué han de chocar las civilizaciones? [Why Should Civilizations Clash?], in Xoc de civilitzacions. Barcelona: Unknown (288–299).
Smith, Dan (1997) Etter den kalde krigen - nye rammer for utenrikspolitikk [After the Cold War - New Scope for Foreign Policy], in Knutsen, Torbjørn L.; Gunnar Sørbø; & Svein Gjerdåker, eds, Norges utenrikspolitikk. Oslo: Cappelen Akademisk Forlag (40–58).
Smith, Dan (1997) Interventionist Dilemmas and Justice, in Humanitarian Force. (13–39).
Smith, Dan (1997) Notes on Problematising International Relations through Gender, in Kvinner, krise og krig, NUPI-Rapport 225. Oslo: (13–18).
Smith, Dan (1997) Peace and Politics after the Cold War, in A Culture of Peace and Democracy. Moscow: (120–133).
Smith, Dan (1997) The Way of War in the 1990s, in A Culture of Peace and Democracy. (134–145).
Smith, Dan(1997) Razreshenie vooruzhennykh konfliktov Tolerantnost I Soglasie (Materialy Mezhdunarodnoi Konferetsii, Yakutsk, Iyun, 1995.). : (39–52).
Smith, Dan (1996) Towards Understanding the Causes of War,, in Causes of Conflict in the Third World. Oslo: .
Smith, Dan (1996) Krigens årsaker, in Demokrati og fredelig konfliktløsning. Oslo: (16–30).
Smith, Dan (1996) Reconciling Identities in Conflict,, in Europe's New Nationalism: States and Minorities in Conflict. New York: (195–212).
Smith, Dan (1996) The Uselessness and the Role of Nuclear Weapons: An Exercise in Pseudo-Problems and Disconnection, in Nuclear Rivalry and International Order. London: (85–101).
Smith, Dan (1995) Great Britain's Role in the Security Policy of Europe, in Great BRitain and Europe. Stockholm: Olof Palme International Center (20–29).
Smith, Dan (1995) Etter den kalde krigen - nye rammer for utenrikspolitikk, in Norges Utenrikspolitikk. Oslo: (40–58).
Smith, Dan (1994) Dynamics of Contemporary Conflict: Consequences for Development Strategies, in Græger, Nina; & Dan Smith, eds, Environment, Poverty, Conflict. PRIO Report, no. 2/94. Oslo: PRIO.
Smith, Dan (1993) Bases, in J. Krieger, ed., The Oxford Companion to the politics of the World. New York: Oxford University Press.

Edited Volume

Smith, Dan; & Inger Skjelsbæk, eds, (2001) Gender, Peace and Conflict. London: Sage Publications.
Østreng, Willy; & Dan Smith, eds, (1997) Research on Environment, Poverty and Conflict. Oslo.
Smith, Dan (ed.) (1997) The State of War and Peace Atlas. London.
Volden, Ketil; & Dan Smith, eds, (1997) Causes of Conflict in the Third World. Oslo: PRIO.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Smith, Dan (1998) Europe's Suspended Conflicts, War Report(58): 11–16.
Smith, Dan (1997) Conflicts of Interest, Geographical Magazine 69(5): 16–19.
Smith, Dan (1996) Light Weapons and Arms Control, Disarmament Diplomacy(3).
Smith, Dan (1994) Why Should Civilisations Clash?, Diplomacy 20(3).
Smith, Dan (1994) A Political Community of the Faithful, Midøst Forum 8(1).
Smith, Dan (1993) Real Intervention, Unreal Debate, Balkan War Report(2).

Popular Article

Smith, Dan (2003) No Early War in Syria, US Would ‘Overstretch’, Kathimerini, 18 April.

PRIO Report

Græger, Nina; & Dan Smith (1994) Environment, Poverty and Conflict, PRIO Report, 2. Oslo: PRIO.

Conference Paper

Smith, Dan (1994) Market, Development, Conflict, presented at 42nd Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, Berlin, 1 January.

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