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Simon J. Smith

Honorary Research Fellow 

Dr Simon Smith
  • PhD (International Relations) Loughborough University
  • MSc (Conflict and Cooperation) University of Stirling
  • BA (History/Political Science) Gonzaga University 

My thesis The European Union and NATO’s Strategic Partnership: The institutionalization of informal cooperation and established contacts within the myriad of EU/CSDP and NATOinstitutions allows me to continue as a commentator on EU-NATO relations as well as the wider transatlantic relationship.  My approach is largely inductive which, in turn, informs my eclectic theoretical deliberations.  I follow vigorously coordination, attempts at cooperation and - occasionally - integration of security and defense policy on the ground, in government offices, ministries and at the various NATO and EU agencies in Brussels.  I am currently researching and writing a paper ‘Supranationalism and Intergovernmentalism in Decision Making (co-authored with Nikola Tomic): a comparative analysis of the NAC and PSC’.  It builds on the intergovernmentalism and supranationalism literature by comparing two institutions that, prima facie, appear similar in design and therefore should adhere to similar theoretical assumptions.  I am also pursuing my interest in Security Sector Reform as it pertains to both of these security organizations and the security environment in their quickly fluctuating neighborhood.  I have work on NATO and Central Asia and I plan to further venture into SSR as it pertains to the Gulf region and even more timely; the EU’s and NATO’s efforts to engage with the benefactors of the Arab Spring.  I also have a great interest in International Organization cooperation in the area of security and I plan to continue my work by theorizing these phenomena with newly significant IO’s such as theShanghai Cooperation Organisationand the African Union.  This much undervalued and untouched work is also pertinent to IO cooperation with independent security contributors such as China, India and Russia.  With regard this later topic, I am currently researching and writing ‘Trusted Partners and Independent Deployers: developing military partnerships in the 21 st Century’

Journal Articles

  • ‘The two faces of EU-NATO cooperation: Counter-piracy operations off the Somali coast’, Cooperation and Conflict (forthcoming).
  • 'EU-NATO Cooperation: a case of institutional fatigue?’, European Security (June 2011)

Policy Reports

  • (Dec 2009) ‘NATO’s Partnership with Central Asia: Cooperation à la carte’ in The New Central Asia: The Regional Impact of International Actors (World Scientific).
  • 'EU-NATO Cooperation: A case of institutional fatigue?' UACES Annual Conference at the University of Bath on 29-30 April 2010.
  • ‘EU-NATO Cooperation through Berlin Plus: A Historical Institutionalism account’ UACES Exchanging Ideas on Europe: Europe at a Crossroads Bruges, 6-8 September 2010
  • ‘The Two Faces of EU-NATO Cooperation: The Case of Counter-Piracy’ (co-authored with Dr. Carmen Gebhard): EUSA Conference 2011: Boston & 6th ECPR General Conference University of Iceland 2011
  • Supranationalism and Intergovernmentalism in Decision Making (co-authored with Nikola Tomic): a comparative analysis of the NAC and PSC: ISA Annual Convention: Power, Principles and Participation in the Global Information Age., San Diego, USA, 01 Apr 2012 - 04
  • University of Sterling Departmental Studentship

  • Loughborough University Departmental Studentship

  • CSIG Grant for the conference ‘Effective Multilateralism - The EU and International Institutions’

  • The American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research