Simon J Smith

Simon J Smith

Associate Professor of Security and International Relations, Staffordshire University
Simon is currently an Associate Professor of Security and International Relations at Staffordshire University as well as a Senior Research Fellow at the Scotland Institute, an Honorary Research Fellow at Aston University and Editor-in-Chief of Defence Studies .

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

PhD (International Relations) Loughborough University.

MSc (Conflict and Cooperation) University of Stirling.

BA (History/Political Science) Gonzaga University.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2017)

Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Practice in Higher Education - Merit (Staffordshire University, 2017)

Global Geopolitics Series

NATO and the EU: a short history of an uneasy relationship

Dec 03, 2019 03:51 am UTC| Insights & Views

In the face of growing security challenges to Europe, from an antagonistic Russia, to instability in the Middle East, cyberwar and terrorism, there is a growing recognition that enhanced cooperation between the EU and NATO...

What US wants from UK on security after Brexit – and why this puts Britain in a tricky position

Aug 15, 2019 17:43 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Even before Boris Johnson became prime minister, the Trump administration has been on a charm offensive towards the UK and him in particular. When Britains Johnson met US National Security Advisor John Bolton on August 12...



S. Korea's 5G subscribers reach 7.37-M in June

South Koreas 5G users have reached 7.37 million in June, up by 493,101 from the May, months before the launches of new phones that will use the network. The number of 5G subscriptions is expected to rise later this...

Indonesia subjects Facebook, Apple, Disney, Tiktok to 10% VAT

Indonesia has included Facebook, The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) Pte Ltd., Tiktok Pte Ltd, and Apple Distribution International Ltd, among technology companies to be charged 10 percent value-added tax on sales to...

Malaysia urges ASEAN to purchase COVID-19 vaccine as a bloc

Malaysias Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members to procure the COVID-19 vaccine as a bloc to increase its availability in the...

Tencent targetted in US-China tech war

US President Donald Trump has issued executive orders that would ban messaging app WeChat and short-form video app TikTok in the US in 45 days if their parent companies do not sell them. The announcement sent shares of...

S. Korea to launch 6G project in 2026

The South Korean government will invest 200 billion won for five years from 2021 en route to launching a 6G mobile services pilot project in 2026. The target is for commercializing 6G services between 2028 and...


Ivanka Trump brings in $4 million in latest fundraiser

Despite the current economic and health crisis that is currently affecting the United States as well as the rest of the world, Donald Trump is still up for reelection this year and is set to receive a formal renomination...

Melania Trump: Expert says FLOTUS is like a 'mentor' to stepdaughter Ivanka Trump

First lady Melania Trump is an influential presence in the White House, even to her stepdaughter Ivanka Trump. A body language expert shares how much influence Melania may have had over Ivanka over time in her role as a...

Donald Trump: Facebook and Twitter clamp down on misinformation on POTUS' posts

Donald Trump is known for insisting his own claims and theories about the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit the United States the hardest. Recently, social media platforms Facebook and Twitter have now clamped down on posts...

Melania Trump: Body language expert says the First Lady's 'regal vibes' was copied from Queen Elizabeth

Melania Trump is currently the First Lady in the U.S. and with her position, she is bound to have many formal engagements and public appearances that may require her to give a speech. Delivering speeches is not easy...


NASA reveals how ingredients for life is distributed through space

The entire universe is made up of bits and pieces of stars and planets, with the possibility of there being life in each one. Scientists at NASA looked into how there could be life on other celestial objects, in the form...

Asteroids: Space rock traveling 38,880 kilometers per hour to pass by Earth this weekend

Space agencies such as NASA are constantly keeping tabs on asteroids that are coming our way. One particular asteroid is Earthbound this weekend, traveling at a speed of 38,880 kilometers per hour. Express reports that...

Asteroids: NASA and University of Hawaii release footage of space rock completing fly-by past Earth

Asteroids regularly pass by Earth, but it is not everyday that we may get to witness one completing its fly-by. Recently, NASA and the University of Hawaii released footage one of asteroid completing its approach to...

NASA: Mysterious red rectangle in space captured by the Hubble Space Telescope

NASA and the European Space Agencys Hubble Space Telescope is busy making its rounds all throughout space, taking photos of unusual and spectacular occurrences lightyears away from Earth. This time, NASA revealed one of...


‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Lifepath details revealed in Night City Wire episode 2

Lifepaths have been one of the anticipated features of CD Projekt Reds upcoming RPG. Luckily, the second episode of Night City Wire released on Monday revealed more information on how choosing among the Nomad, Street Kid,...

Trump’s WeChat ban could lead to a 30% iPhone sales decline, analyst suggests

Citing national security concerns, President Donald Trump has signed executive orders that will prohibit US companies from having any transactions with WeChat owner Tencent. Since it is one of the widely used apps in...

‘GTA Online’ summer update delivers the new Open Wheel Race Creator for fan-made circuits

As Rockstar Games promised, a slew of new gameplay content and improvements will be released in GTA Online to celebrate the summer season in Los Santos. The update going live this week will include a new feature allowing...

iPhone 12 could still sport a smaller display notch, here’s how

Since the first rumors that Apple is changing the design of the iPhone 12 emerged online, one of the common requests has been a smaller display notch. A recent leak seemingly suggests it is not happening, but other fans...
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