Dr. Ian Davis is the founding director of NATO Watch and an independent human security and arms control consultant, writer and activist (http://www.iandavisconsultancy.com). He has a rich background in government, academia, and the non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector. He received both his Ph.D. and B.A. in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, in the United Kingdom. He was formerly Executive Director of the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) (2001-2007) and before that Program Manager at Saferworld (1998-2001). He has expertise in British and US defence and foreign policy, NATO and transatlantic security issues, the international arms trade and arms control and disarmament and has made high-level presentations in North America, Europe and South Asia on these issues. He blogs for The Guardian on-line and is an advisor to the United Nations Association-UK, Saferworld, ISIS Europe (Brussels) and Open Briefing. He is also a member of the Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance (ACTA).