Project Alpha: Non-proliferation through trade control

Project Alpha works to understand and counter illicit, proliferation-related trade. This involves three strands of activity:

1. Understanding illicit trade.

2. Improving the implementation of trade controls by governments and the private sector, including by contributing to the EU outreach program on dual-use goods

3. Informing and improving international efforts to prevent proliferation.

Project Alpha’s work on understanding illicit trade includes:

  • Researching and publishing examples of illicit trade through the Alpha case studies series, analysis and in depth reports
  • Researching the manufacturing base of proliferation-sensitive items in order to understand the size, shape and technical capability of the supply chain

To improve the implementation of trade controls to counter illicit trade we:

  • Conduct Capacity building work including participate as an implementation partner in the EU outreach program on dual-use goods (with Ian Stewart taking on the role of program training adviser)
  • Conduct industry outreach in the UK in partnership with the Export Control Organisation and other relevant Departments.
  • Providing a variety of services to business, including elearning, training and consultancy.
  • Maintaining a ‘Partners Initiative’ linked to the NSG good practice guidance to encourage companies to be proactive in preventing proliferation-related trade

We work to support and inform efforts to optimise the non-proliferation regime. This includes:

  • Supporting implementation of relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, including 1540 (aimed at preventing non-state actor involvement in proliferation)
  • Supporting the IAEA, including with implementation of the JCPOA with Iran


  • Research and analysis including on the effectiveness of sanctions and best practice for the creation and enforcement of sanctions
  • Providing support to institutions like the EU and UN, including the UN Panels of Experts for relevant sanction regimes.
  • Running workshops and training exercises on sanctions implementation and designation processes, including using open source evidence.

We are based at the Centre for Science and Security Studies at King’s College London. As an NGO based in academia, Project Alpha aims to publish research findings through a variety of mediums, including peer reviewed journals, the CSSS paper series, and via the Project Alpha website. Project Alpha also aims to further non-proliferation objectives through new tools and techniques, such as data visualisation.

Find us at:

Floor 6 Room 59 Strand Building
Strand Campus King’s College London
London WC2R 2LS

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Tel for general and press enquiries: +44 (0)20 7848 1643

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Improving the implementation of non-proliferation controls