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Simon J. Smith, Dr

Staffordshire University, School of Journalism, Humanities and Social Sciences

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United Kingdom

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Politics & International Relations


Dr Smith is a regular media commentator. He has offered commentary to both print and broadcast journalism on subjects ranging from general international affairs; UK, European and transatlantic security; EU-NATO cooperation; and the implications of Scottish independence for defence and security. Recent coverage has included BBC News, BBC Radio, the Times, the Telegraph, the Scotsman, European Geostrategy, Real Clear Defense, Real Clear World, the Conversation and the European Leadership Network.


Simon is currently disseminating (with Professor David J. Galbreath at the University of Bath) research from an ESRC funded award entitled 'The Drivers of Military Strategic Reform in the Face of Economic Crisis and Changing Warfare'. This project tested a series of conceptual and explanatory models that help answer the central research question: What are the drivers of strategic reform in contemporary militaries in Europe? We ask whether states will be more affected by the changing financial resources, change in geo-political climate, modern changes in military doctrine, or combat experience. We aim to test the hypotheses that result from this preliminary identification of strategic drivers.Simon is also currently writing a monograph on the history of EU-NATO Relations.His other research interests include:EU and NATO Security CooperationEU and NATO Capabilities TransformationEU and NATO Developing Security PartnershipsTransatlantic Security and Reforming European DefenceThe Defence and Security Implications of an Independent ScotlandInstitutionalismInternational OrganisationsInternational Organisation Defence and Security Cooperation