Dr John Borrie

Associate Fellow, International Security Programme


In addition to John’s role as an associate fellow at Chatham House, he is the research coordinator at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) based in Geneva, Switzerland, and leads its programme on weapons of mass destruction and other strategic weapons.

Since joining UNIDIR in 2004, John has managed and led research projects on a range of topics related to international security, particularly on arms control, humanitarian law and disarmament, and he has published widely.

Prior to joining UNIDIR, John worked in the arms unit of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and before that was deputy for disarmament at the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva from 1999 to 2002.

He received his DPhil from University of Bradford, and a BA (Hons) from the University of Canterbury, in New Zealand.

Past experience

2019 - presentUNIDIR Research Coordinator, Programme Lead WMD and Other Strategic Weapons
2015-18Chief of research, UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
2013-15Senior researcher and policy adviser, UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
2004-11Senior researcher and project manager, UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
2003-04Policy adviser, arms unit, International Committee of the Red Cross
1999-2002Deputy for disarmament, New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva
1996-99Policy adviser, international security and arms control division, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade