Dr Olamide Samuel

Research Associate in Nuclear Politics

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B.ILD (Hon), MA, PhD.

After graduating in International Law and Diplomacy at Babcock University Nigeria (2013), and completing an MA in Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy at the University of Buckingham (2014) I pursued a PhD in Security and Intelligence Studies (National Security Strategy) at the University of Buckingham’s Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (2019). My PhD research focussed on the emergence, persistence and evolution of a Nigerian National Security Strategic Personality from 1960-2014, with a particular focus on the strategic preservation of a monopoly of the use of force vis-a-vis emerging threats with agency.

In June 2018 I took on the role of Teaching Fellow at SOAS University of London, where I taught International Security, General Diplomatic Studies and Diplomatic Practice at the MA level, and engaged in MA Theses Supervision until 2021. I maintain an affiliation with SOAS as a research associate.

From February 2019 to March 2021 I was the coordinator of SCRAP Weapons, from 2019 to 2021 where I led the global #FreezeWeapons campaign, and facilitated the founding of the Feminist leadership in disarmament project, the global weapons tracking service, and managed the scale-up of existing project streams.

I’ve also engaged actively as a Track II diplomat in arms control, nuclear politics and international security. Aside from multi-stakeholder engagement to facilitate negotiated settlements, I have held lectures and engaged in high-level panel discussions in various diplomatic and academic arenas including at the United Nations, African Union, Arms Trade Treaty conferences, Harvard University, and the Royal United Services Institute among others. I’ve also written for (or contributed to) Aljazeera, AllAfrica, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Conversation, France24 and other international news outlets.

Some of my other activities include convening the Global #FreezeWeapons Campaign, serving as a member of the Scientific Committee at the Center for International Strategic Analyses (KEDISA), a mentor for the African Union Diaspora Youth Initiative’s Silencing the Guns project, and a member of the security task force in the Vatican COVID-19 Commission created by Pope Francis.

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