Ryan Swan

Ryan Swan


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Research Topics / Key Expertise

Arms control, effects of emerging military technologies, deterrence dynamics 

Countries Of Expertise

  • United States of America,
  • China

Professional Career

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Bonn  
M.Phil. in International Relations and Politics (2020), University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall)
J.D. (2018), University of California, Los Angeles School of Law  
Ryan Swan joined BICC in November 2021 and presently serves as a Fellow. He received a Doctoral Scholarship from the Gerda Henkel Foundation’s Special Programme for Security, Society and the State for his doctoral research on Chinese security policy and the impact of emerging military technologies on China-US deterrence relations. Prior to joining BICC, he served as a Research Associate at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the United States.


Swan, R.

Controlling the Menace of High-Tech Weapons: A New Direction for Arms Control

8th Tomorrow People Peace & Conflict Resolution Conference Proceedings (2021)


Swan, R., & Hovaness, H.

The Arms Race in Emerging Technologies: A Critical Perspective

European Leadership Network (2021)


Swan, R.

The Future of the NPT: RevCon And Beyond

Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2020)


Swan, R.

The Burgeoning Arms Race in Lethal Autonomous Weapons

The Transatlantic Puzzle (2020)