Dan Plesch

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London

Dan Plesch is director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS University of London.

In 1986, Plesch founded the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) and directed it from Washington, DC until 2001. He then became the senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London. Plesch has also held the titles of 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.

Plesch is the author of Human Rights After Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes; America, Hitler and the UN: How the Allies Won World War II and Forged Peace; and Wartime Origins and the Future United Nations, co-authored with Thomas G. Weiss. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Financial Times, The Guardian, and other publications.

Plesch has also acted as consultant and advisor to the UK and U.S. governments, the BBC, CNN, Sky News, Kroll Security International, Oxfam, the Foreign Policy Centre, and Greenpeace.

Last Updated: March 12, 2018