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Dr Simon Smith

  • Job title: Associate Professor
  • Department: School of Law, Policing and Forensics


Before Joining Staffordshire University, I was a Research Officer in PoLIS at University of Bath, a Teaching Fellow at Aston University. Before my time at Aston, I was a University Teacher and the Administrator for the Centre for the Study of International Governance (CSIG) at Loughborough University. My doctoral research on the EU-NATO Relationship was also conducted at Loughborough University.


Journal Articles

  • Smith, S.J., Gebhard, C., 2017. EU–NATO relations: running on the fumes of informed deconfliction. European Security 26, 303–314.

  • Smith, S.J., Tomic, N., Gebhard, C., 2017. The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost: a Grounded Theory approach to the comparative study of decision-making in the NAC and PSC. European Security 26, 359–378.

  • ‘If We Cannot Have Both, Then Which Union Do We Choose? Scotland’s Options after ‘Brexit’’, Journal of Contemporary European Research (December 2016)

  • ‘The two faces of EU-NATO cooperation: Counter-piracy operations off the Somali coast’, Cooperation and Conflict (January 2015)

  • 'EU-NATO Cooperation: a case of institutional fatigue?’, European Security (June 2011)

Policy Reports

  • Defence and Security in an Independent Scotland, released June 2013 and funded by The Scotland Institute, Glasgow


  • EU- NATO Relations, Routledge (July, 2018)

Book Chapters

  • ‘The EU and NATO: Capacity-building of partners’ in The EU and NATO: the essential partners Edited by G. Lindstrom and T. Tardy. Published by the NATO Defence College and the European Union Institute for Security Studies. (August 2019

  • ‘Innovating European Defence’ in Contemporary European Security Editors: David J. Galbreath, Laura Chappell and Jocelyn Mawdsley, (April 2019)

  • ‘European Defence, CSDP and the UK: two cases of catch-22 in CSDP and National Perspectives published by the Egmont Institute (June, 2015)

  • ‘Military Capabilities and Force Transformation’ (with David Galbreath) in The EU, Strategy and Security Policy, Editors: Laura Chappell, Jocelyn Mawdsley and Petar Petrov, (forthcoming July 2016)

  • ‘NATO’s Partnership with Central Asia: Cooperation à la carte’ in The New Central Asia: The Regional Impact of International Actors (World Scientific), (December, 2009)

Other Publications

  • ‘What US wants from UK on security after Brexit – and why this puts Britain in a tricky position' in The Conversation (14, August, 2019

  • ‘Syria: who’s involved, and what do they want?' in The Conversation (14 April, 2018)

  • ‘Russian spy attack offers a glimpse of Britain’s future place in the world' in The Conversation (21 March, 2018)

  • ‘Defence: can Britannia ride the waves in choppy European seas? in The Conversation (25 September, 2017)

  • ‘The Brexit effect and why strong neighbourhoods matter’ in The Government Gazette (25 May 2016)

  • ‘Is the EU anywhere near getting its own army?’ in The Conversation (30 September 2016)

  • ‘Forget Putin’s global posturing – Russia’s biggest challenges for 2016 are domestic’ in The Conversation (06 January 2016)

  • ‘Britain boosts military spending – here’s what it will be buying’ in The Conversation (23 November 2015)

  • ‘Are the EU and NATO Really Committed to the International Order?’ for the European Leadership Network (24 September 2015)

  • ‘Why the Military is Divided over Britain’s Nuclear Deterrent’ in The Conversation (06 July 2015)

  • ‘Should the UK Spend More on Defence’ in The Conversation (08 June 2015)

  • ‘Why NATO and Russia are Playing a Cold War Game of Hotlines and Spooks’ (with David Galbreath) in The Conversation (19 May 2015)

  • ‘Fact Check: will renewing Trident cost £100 billion?’ in The Conversation (19 March 2015)

  • ‘Why the UK should Heed a Warning from the US over Defence Spending’ (with David Galbreath) in The Conversation (02 March 2015)

  • ‘Why our political classes won’t have any real debate on Trident until after the election in The Conversation (02 February 2015)

  • ‘European Defence, CSDP and the UK: two cases of catch-22 in European Geostrategy (01 February 2015)

  • ‘An independent Scotland might have to agree a deal on Trident to get into NATO’ in The Conversation (15 September 2014)

  • ‘To stand up to Russia, NATO must split the defence burden more equally in The Conversation (28 September 2014)

  • ‘Who Wants to Buy a Couple of Warships from France to Stop Russia Getting Them’ in The Conversation (25 July 2014)

  • ‘After Ukraine NATO has a role again, but Americans look to Europe and say: who’s paying?’ in The Conversation (1 July 2014)

  • ‘How to strengthen Scottish defence after independence: cooperate with London’ in The Conversation (24 February 2014)