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Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Lecturer in International Relations, University of Portsmouth

Tom is a Lecturer in International Relations for the University of Portsmouth based at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. He specialises in terrorism, political violence and insurgencies with a focus on Southeast Asia but more broadly on jihadist (al Qaeda, ISIS, etc.) and political violence related to transnational Islam. He has fieldwork experience in Mindanao in the Philippines and Southern Thailand and is regularly asked by development, conflict and governmental organisations to contribute to research design, project planning and for advice. A former Visiting Lecturer at De La Salle University in Manila, Tom has worked across Asia in conflict environments for NGOs, charities and IGOs. Tom is best known on an international basis for his expertise on the Abu Sayyaf Group in the Southern Philippine province of Mindanao but has also become perhaps one of the UKs most recognised authorities on Filipino politics and Filipino foreign affairs. This often means that regional security is his headline theme with wider influence in strategic affairs in Southeast Asia and the US pivot to the Pacific. Following an honours degree in Law Tom graduated from the London School of Economics with an MSc in Global Politics specialising in Conflict and Peace Studies and Islam in International Relations. Tom was one of Fred Halliday’s last students and Fred encouraging Tom to complete a doctorate and fuelled much of his current work.

Global Geopolitics Series

Rodrigo Duterte terminated a military agreement with US – why it could push Philippines closer to China

Feb 18, 2020 01:15 am UTC| Insights & Views

The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, decided to terminate a prominent and unpopular military agreement with the US in early February. The move came as a direct response to Washingtons invocation of the...

Global Geopolitics Series

Why Trump's Syrian strike was a good thing

Apr 10, 2017 13:54 pm UTC| Insights & Views

The Syrian people and their Muslim brothers and sisters have been screaming for help for years as crimes against humanity racked up against them and their kin. Yet the West has so far refused to intervene directly and...

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Economy

FxWirePro: Spotlight On CBT Amid Sluggish Turkish Growth – Bid 3M USD/TRY Skews Ans Hedge

Turkeys central bank pulled forward a scheduled MPC meeting by two days and implemented a 100bps emergency rate cut yesterday. The CB reduced the 1-week repo rate from 10.75% to 9.75% and lowered RRR on all FX deposits by...

FxWirePro: BoC’s Rate Cuts on Cyclical Effects of Covid-19 - USD/CAD Risk-Off Call Ratio Spread

Over the weekend, the Bank of Canada cut its key interest rate by another 50 bp, after it had lowered its key interest rate from 1.75% to 1.25% at its regular meeting. The BoC also said that it was ready to take further...

Coronavirus and Spanish flu: economic lessons to learn from the last truly global pandemic

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Cash handout of $750 for 6.5 million pensioners and others receiving government payments

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Tokyo Olympics: how coronavirus is affecting preparations

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Politics

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First Lady Melania Trump has been making an effort to become more visible in the midst of the coronavirus crisis in the country. As the country continues its social distancing period, Melania gives her own advice that is...

President Donald Trump US is in good shape by coronavirus peak

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Barack Obama subtly criticizes Donald Trump’s response to COVID-19 pandemic

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Science

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NASA: Hubble Space Telescope snaps image of a one-armed galaxy

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Asteroids: Potentially hazardous asteroid already on 'close approach' trajectory

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Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts over 100,000 coronavirus fatalities in US

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Technology

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Why ‘Warcraft 3: Reforged’ might not get new expansions, DLC at its current state

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Nintendo Switch games: ‘Tropico 6,’ ‘Super Mario 64,’ ‘Super Mario Sunshine,’ and ‘Super Mario Galaxy’ arriving to the console this year

With its portability, the Nintendo Switch console is one of the most popular consoles around and has been the best-selling hardware for a couple of years now. It looks like Switch console gamers are in for a treat in the...

Will ‘The Sims 5’ have a Nintendo Switch version?

To this day, there has yet to be a definitive indication that The Sims 5, or any The Sims game, would be released on Nintendo Switch. However, the recent success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons might convince EA this...
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