Professor MICHAEL SMITH

Professor MICHAEL SMITH
BA, MA, PhD

Chair in International Relations

Overview

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Room F27, Edward Wright Building

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Biography

Professor Michael E. Smith joined the University of Aberdeen in 2010; prior to that he was a Reader in International Relations at the University of St Andrews and an Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University in Atlanta. A native of western Pennsylvania in the US, he holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of California (Irvine) as well as an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a BA in Political Science (magna cum laude) from the University of Central Florida. He has been a Fulbright scholar to the European Union in Brussels, a Council for European Studies fellow, a visiting research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, and a University of California Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation/MacArthur Foundation fellow. In the spring of 2018 he held a resident fellowship as a distinguised scholar at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute in Italy, under their Global Governance/Europe in the World research programme. Professor Smith also was the founder and first co-chair of the “EU as a Global Actor” interest section of the European Union Studies Association (2003-07), and he is on the editorial boards of Contemporary Security Policy, the Journal of European Public Policy, and European Security. His publications include two research monographs on European security with Cambridge University Press, one of the first comprehensive studies of the European Neighbourhood Policy, a 1,600-page edited compendium on European security studies, award-winning journal articles, contributions to over twenty edited volumes, and an innovative research-focused textbook on international security studies now in its second edition (2017). In addition to his presence on social media (Twitter) and his reviews for academic journals and book publishers, he has also served as an external reviewer for the Economic & Social Research Council (UK) and the Research Executive Agency of the EU (remotely and in Brussels), as an evaluator of academic programmes in the UK, and as a consultant to firms seeking input on bidding for EU research contracts.

Research

Research Interests

International security; international cooperation/organization/institutions; conflict resolution; social/experiential learning; regional integration/governance; Europe/European Union; the international politics of science/technology.

Current Research

Most of Professor Smith’s theoretical work involves international cooperation, conflict resolution, and global governance in difficult issue-areas, particularly security and technology.  He pays special attention to the advanced industrialized democracies, particularly the US and Europe, and attempts to combine international-level theories of institution-building with domestic-level theories of state/societal politics (focused on social networks and learning) to explain how states manage (or fail to manage) their contemporary collective action problems. These problems include free-riding, political market failure, regulatory gaps, conflict or dispute resolution/mitigation, and the reduction of negative externalities such as environmental harm. Much of this work involves the European Union and the question of regional cooperation/integration, and Professor Smith is a widely cited expert on the EU's pursuit of a common foreign/security/defence policy.  One of his articles on the topic, which investigated the legalisation of European foreign policy cooperation, was awarded the best article of the year award from the Journal of Common Market Studies (2002). A second article of his, which proposed a theory of EU foreign policy-making, was awarded the most downloaded article of the year award from the Journal of European Public Policy (2007).  His book Europe's Foreign and Security Policy: The Institutionalization of Cooperation (Cambridge) is also a standard theoretical reference in the field.

Professor Smith also won one of the first major research awards from the EU's European Research Council in 2007; this grant funded a five-year project (2008-13) with over one million euros to investigate the rapid growth of EU crisis management/conflict resolution operations since 2003.  This work led to a related project of his on the EU's pursuit of a global/grand strategy, and his first article on this topic won the most downloaded article of the year award from the Journal of European Public Policy in 2014.  A research monograph based on the ERC-funded project, Europe's Common Security and Defence Policy: Capacity Building, Experiential Learning, and Institutional Change, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.  A follow-on project of his involves collaboration with a consortium (EU-CIVCAP) funded by the EU's Horizon2020 scheme; this three-year (2016-18) project investigates the EU's civilian capacities in the realm of conflict prevention and peacebuilding (see http://www.eu-civcap.net/). The purpose of EU-CIVCAP is threefold:

1. To assess EU civilian capabilities for external conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

2. To identify and document lessons learned and best practices in EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

3. To enhance future policy practice and research on EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

Professor Smith is responsible for the lessons learned and best practices component of EU-CIVCAP, as well as a report on future EU research priorities in this area.  In addition, he also recently edited a four-volume set for the Routledge Major Works collection of reference works; this project (approx. 1,600 pages) focuses on European Security and covers a wide range of traditional and new security issues. Finally, beyond his ongoing work on international/European security, Professor Smith is currently writing a book about the international political consequences of revolutionary technologies. This research develops a single analytical framework to explain the multiple political disputes and solutions generated by the development of five modern revolutionary technologies. Truly revolutionary technologies tend to inspire the same types of international collective action problems, ranging from disputes over property rights to incompatible networking standards to concerns about public safety and environmental harm. Yet the rules devised to manage these problems can vary widely depending on the specific technologies and stakeholders involved; this variance can be explained in terms of several general hypotheses examined throughout the volume. Findings from this project should enable us to predict the likely political consequences, and effective global management, of current and future revolutionary technologies.

Research Grants

2018                Robert Schuman Fellowship, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (European Univerity Institute, Florence). Project title: From the EU Global Strategy to a Security Union? Power, Institutions, and the Credibility Deficit.  €9,000.

2016-18           European Union Horizon2020 research grant: Preventing and Responding to Conflict: Developing EU Civilian Capacities for Sustainable Peace (consortium member).  Total award: €1,714,976 (my portion €141,738).

2014                Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom) research grant: Social Media - Developing Understanding, Infrastructure, and Engagement (co-investigator).  Total award: £550,000 (my portion £1,600).

2008–13          Starting Independent Researcher Grant, European Research Council: A European Approach to Conflict Resolution? Institutional Learning and the ESDP (primary investigator).  Total award: €1,019,029.

2008                Research grant, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (£1,800)

2006                Workshop funding, European Union Center of Syracuse University ($6,000)

2004-05           Workshop funding, European Union Center of the University System of Georgia ($10,000)

2004                Workshop funding, European Union Center of the University System of Georgia ($5,000)

2004                Workshop funding, European Union Centers of Syracuse University and the University System of Georgia ($26,000)

2001                Research grant, Swedish Government Information Service ($2,500)

2000                Research grant, European Union Center of the University System of Georgia ($1,500)

2000                Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom) research grant (participating investigator with Brian Salter), Innovative Health Technologies (Biotechnology) Program (my portion: $3,000)

1997-98           University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation/MacArthur Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Regional Relations program ($16,000)

1997                University of California Regent's Dissertation Fellowship ($3,000)

1995-96           Fulbright Dissertation Fellowship, European Union program, Brussels ($15,000)

1993-95           Research Assistantships in European integration, Department of Politics and Society, UC-Irvine (various amounts)

1995                Council for European Studies pre-dissertation Fellowship ($3,000)

1991-93           Wolcott Foundation full tuition fellowship, George Washington University ($20,000)

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

IR 3018: International Security (course coordinator; from autumn 2013)

PI 1018: Introduction to Politics & International Relations (lecturer and co-coordinator; from autumn 2015)

Further Info

External Responsibilities

* Member, American Political Science Association (section memberships: European Politics & Society; International Security and Arms Control).

* Member, European Union Studies Association (section membership: EU as a Global Actor).

* Member, International Studies Association (section memberships: International Political Economy; International Organization; International Security).

* Member, University Association for Contemporary European Studies.

* Founder and first elected co-chair (2003-05; re-elected 2005-07), "The EU as a Global Actor" special interest section, European Union Studies Association.

* Contracted grant proposal reviewer for the European Research Council (2008 – 2013).

* Contracted expert for the EU Research Executive Agency (2013)

* Grant award rapporteur for the Economic and Social Research Council (UK)

* Article reviewer for: The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Comparative European Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Cooperation and Conflict, East European Politics, European Journal of International Relations, European Journal of International Security, European Journal of Political Research, European Political Science Review, European Politics & Society, European Security, European Union Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, Global Affairs, Global Policy, Global Society, Governance, International Relations, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Conflict Studies, Journal of European Integration, Journal of European Public PolicyNew Political Economy, The Political Chronicle, Political Studies, Political Studies Review, Politics and Governance, Public Policy and Administration, Review of International Political Economy, Review of International Studies, Sage Open, Security Studies, Swiss Political Science Review, Review of International Studies, and West European Politics.

* Book proposal/manuscript reviewer for: Cambridge University Press, Cornell University Press, Manchester University Press, Oxford University Press, Addison Wesley, Longman, Rowman-Littlefield, Palgrave-Macmillan, Prentice-Hall, and Routledge.

* Editorial board member, Journal of European Public Policy (2005 – present); European Security (2009 – present); Contemporary Security Policy (2015- present).

* External programme reviewer (2015), MA in European Studies, University of Dundee.

* External Examiner (2007-2010), Department of European Politics, University of Bath.

* External PhD Examiner (2007-present), Univ. of Loughborough; Univ. of Lancaster; Univ. of Limerick; European University Institute.

Admin Responsibilities

2017 -            Academic Line Manager, School of Social Science, Univ. of Aberdeen

2013 - 17       Director of Postgraduate Research Programmes, Dept. of Politics and IR, Univ. of Aberdeen

2011 - 14       Member, College of Arts & Social Sciences REF Committee, Univ. of Aberdeen

2010 - 14       Member, School of Social Sciences Research Committee, Univ. of Aberdeen

2010 - 14       Research Coordinator, Dept. of Politics & International Relations, Univ. of Aberdeen

2007 - 08       Program coordinator, MLitt in International Security, Univ. of St Andrews

2006 - 08       Member, Post-Graduate Committee, School of International Relations, Univ. of St Andrews

2004 - 05       Member of the Undergraduate Committee, Faculty Senate, GSU

2004 - 05       Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Political Science, GSU

2004 - 05       Member of the Executive Committee, Department of Political Science, GSU

2004 - 05       Member of the Core Curriculum Accreditation Committee, College of Arts & Sciences, GSU

2001 – 05       Fulbright Grant Programme Coordinator, College of Arts & Sciences, GSU

1999 – 05       Various faculty search committees, Department of Political Science, GSU

1998              Faculty search committee, Department of Politics & Society, UC Irvine

Invited lectures and presentations

"Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding: Lessons for the EU," panel speaker, Center for European Policy Studies, Brussels (September 2018).

"Learning and Best Practices in EU Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding," workshop leader, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels (June 2018).

"The Future of the CSDP," panel speaker, Athens Security Forum (November 2017).

"EU Security and Crisis Management since 2003: Is the CSDP Fit for Purpose?" Belgrade Security Forum academic keynote speaker (October 2017).

"Civilian Capabilities, the Rule of Law, and the CSDP," workshop presentation, Jean Monnet Summer School on Security and Justice, University of Dundee (June 2016).

"The Role of EU Sanctions in Helping Striving Democracies," panel speaker, Europe Direct Information Centre, Aberdeen (February 2016).

"The Future of Europe's Common Security & Defence Policy: A Reality Check," invited lecture, University of Dundee (October 2014). 

"The Future of Europe's Common Security & Defence Policy: A Reality Check," invited lecture, University of Aberdeen Centre for Global Security and Governance (February 2014). 

"What Difference Does the EU Make for Scotland?" invited roundtable debate participant, University of Aberdeen (February 2014). 

"The Case for an EU Maritime Capability as a Priority for the CSDP," paper presented at the CSDP Strategy Workshop, Maastricht University (January 2014). 

"Towards a European Global Strategy: Co-Shaping Global Governance," The Riga Process Workshop on European Global Strategy, Riga, Latvia (September 2013). 

"European Foreign Policy in the New Global Order: Actions, Strategy, Implications," invited lecture & presentation, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro (May 2013). 

Presentation on a European grand/global strategy at the European Global Strategy workshop, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm (March 2013).

"The Lisbon Treaty and the Grand Strategy of the European Union," invited lecture, Jean Monnet Centre for Europe, King's College London (November 2012).

"The Lisbon Treaty and the Grand Strategy of the European Union," keynote lecture for the conference "Re-thinking the Grand Strategy of the European Union," Loughborough University (May 2012).

"The Lisbon Treaty and the Grand Strategy of the European Union," presentation to the University of Aberdeen Centre for Global Security and Governance (May 2011).

"Law, Power, and EU Grand Strategy in the Post-Lisbon Era," keynote lecture for the conference "EU External Relations Law and Policy in the Post-Lisbon Era," University of Sheffield (January 2011).

Keynote speaker for the conference "Export Controls and the European Defence Market: Can Effectiveness Be Combined With Responsibility?" sponsored by the Flemish Peace Institute in support of the Belgian EU Presidency, Brussels (November 2010).

"The Accidental Strategist: Military Power, Grand Strategy and the EU's Changing Global Role," Europa Institute, Univ. of Edinburgh (January 2008).?

"The Accidental Strategist: Military Power, Grand Strategy, and the EU's Changing Global Role," ARENA Institute of the Univ. of Oslo (October 2007).

"Europeanization of EU Foreign Policy in Theory and Practice," London School of Economics (March 2007).

"Understanding the European Union as a Global Political Actor: Theory, Practice and Impact," Loughborough Univ. (February 2007).

"Understanding the European Union as a Global Political Actor: Theory, Practice and Impact," presented at the seminar series, "Discourses on Global Europe," EU Research Institute, Univ. of Bath (November 2006).

"Understanding the European Union as a Global Political Actor: Theory, Practice and Impact," Univ. of Hull (November 2006).

"Technology Change, Rule Change, and the Law of Armed Conflict," presented at the Workshop "Rethinking the Rules: The Use of Force," Univ. of St Andrews (June 2006).

Roy H. Ginsberg and M.E. Smith, "Understanding the European Union as a global political Actor: Theory, practice, and Impact," presented at the workshop, "The State of the European Union, Vol. 8," Princeton Univ. (September 2005).

"The Governance of European Foreign and Security Policy," presented at the Swedish National Defense College Security Policy Seminar, Stockholm (October 2004).

"Europe's Foreign and Security Policy: The Institutionalization of Cooperation," presented at the International Graduate Program of the Department of Political Science, Stockholm Univ. (October 2004).

M.E. Smith and Katja Weber, "The European Union and the Governance of Wider Europe: A Discussion Paper," presented at the workshop, "Transatlantic Relations and the Governance of Wider Europe," sponsored by the EU Center of the University System of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Atlanta (April 2004).

"Europe's Foreign and Security Policy: The Institutionalization of Cooperation," presented at the European Union Center of Syracuse Univ. (October 2003).

"Multilevel Governance, Domestic Politics, and European Foreign and Security Policy," presented at the workshop, "EU Governance and External Relations," Mannheim Center for European Social Research, Univ. of Mannheim (October 2003).

"Chapter 7: Implementation," presented at the workshop, "The International Relations of the European Union," Loughborough Univ. (September 2003).

Brian Salter and M.E. Smith, "The UK's Stake in the Biotechnology Debate: Global Competition and Regulatory Politics," presented at the workshop, "The UK and the Governance of Human Genetics," Nuffield Trust, London (March 2002).

"Implementing the European Security and Defense Identity: Lessons from the Past and Prospects for the Future," presented at the conference "The Transformation of NATO and the Question of European Unity," Univ. of Washington, Seattle (May 2000).

"The Quest for Coherence: Institutional Dilemmas of External Action from Maastricht to Amsterdam," presented to two European University Institute workshops, Fiesole, Italy (March 2000 and December 1998).

Presented dissertation research to a conference on regional relations for the Univ. of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation/MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Program, Newport Beach, CA (May 1998).

"The EU's Evaluations and Responses," presented at a special symposium on "NATO and the European Union: Confronting the Challenges of European Security Cooperation," funded by NATO and the EU, Thessaloniki, Greece (October 1997).

"The 'Europeanization' of European Political Cooperation: Trust, Transgovernmental Relations, and the Power of Informal Norms," presented at a special symposium on "Supranational Governance," Center for German and European Studies, UC Berkeley (November 1996).

Conference presentations

"Learning in EU Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding," EU in International Affairs conference, Brussels (May 2018).

"The EU as a Liberal Peackeeper? Evaluating CSDP Operations in Sub-Saharan Africa," EU in International Affairs conference, Brussels (May 2016).

"The EU as a Military Peacekeeper? Explaining and Evaluating CSDP Operations in Sub-Saharan Africa," International Studies Association, Atlanta (March 2016).

"The New Intergovernmentalism and Experiential Learning in the CSDP," European Union Studies Association, Boston (March 2015).

"The New Intergovernmentalism and Experiential Learning in the CSDP," International Studies Association, New Orleans (February 2015).

"The Case for an EU Maritime Capability as a Priority Area for the CSDP," University Association for Contemporary European Studies, Cork, Ireland (September 2014).

"The New Intergovernmentalism and Experiential Learning in the CSDP," Council for European Studies, Washington, DC (March 2014).

"Intelligence Analysis, Policy Planning, and Consensual Knowledge in EU Security Operations," 8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Warsaw (September 2013).

"EU Grand Strategy and the Ethics of Military Force: The Case of EUNAVFOR-Atalanta," Council for European Studies, Amsterdam (June 2013).

"Developing a 'Comprehensive Approach' to International Security: Experiential Institutional Learning and the CSDP." ECPR Joint Session Workshop on the EU's Emergence as an International Security Provider, Mainz, Germany (March 2013).

"Extraordinary Rendition, European Style? Norms, Justice, and the EU's Counter-Piracy Naval Operation." Southern Political Science Association, Orlando, Florida (December 2012).

"Bureaucratic Politics and the European External Action Service: Organising for Efficiency or Incoherence?"  European Consortium for Political Research - EU Studies Conference, Tampere (September 2012).

"Bureaucratic Politics and the European External Action Service: Organising for Efficiency or Incoherence?"  University Association for Contemporary European Studies, Passau (September 2012).

"EU Grand Strategy and the Ethics of Military Force: The Case of EUNAVFOR-Atalanta." University Association for Contemporary European Studies, Passau (September 2012).

"Developing a 'Comprehensive Approach' to International Security: Institutional Learning and the Common Security and Defence Policy."  The Methods of European Integration conference, Central European University, Budapest (June 2012).

"Bureaucratic Politics and the European External Action Service: Organising for Efficiency or Incoherence?" The EU in International Affairs conference, Brussels (May 2012).

"Extraordinary Rendition, European Style? Judicial Reform in LDCs and the EU's Counter-Piracy Naval Operation."  International Studies Association, Montreal (March 2011).

"Developing a 'Comprehensive Approach' to International Security: Institutional Learning and the ESDP."? European Union Studies Association, Boston, MA (March 2011).

"Building the European External Action Service: Institutional Learning versus Intergovernmental and Bureaucratic Politics," presented at conference "The Lisbon Treaty Evaluated," London (February 2011).

"Building the European External Action Service: Institutional Learning versus Intergovernmental and Bureaucratic Politics," presented at the conference "The EU Diplomatic System After Lisbon," University of Maastricht (November 2010).

"Developing a 'Comprehensive Approach to International Security: Institutional Learning and the ESDP," University Association for Contemporary European Studies, Bruges (September 2010).

"European Foreign Policy as a Research Field: An Historical and Conceptual Overview," European Union Studies Association, Marina Del Rey (April 2009).

"Governing Technological Innovation: The Politics of Risk Assessment," International Studies Association, New York (February 2009).

"Transatlantic Security Relations in Flux: Diverging US-European Views on the Ethics of Force," International Studies Association, New York (February 2009).

"Governing Wider Europe: Eastern Europe and the European Neighbourhood Policy," Joint Conference of the Czech Association of European Studies and the Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration, Charles Univ., Prague (September 2007).

M.E. Smith and Katja Weber, "Governance Theories, Regional Integration, and EU Foreign Policy," European Consortium for Political Research, Istanbul, Turkey (September 2006)(presented by M.E Smith).

M.E. Smith and Katja Weber, "Governance Theories, Regional Integration, and European External Relations," Central/East European International Studies Association conference, Tartu, Estonia (June 2006)(presented by M.E Smith).

"Governing Wider Europe: Eastern Europe and the EU's New Neighborhood Policy," International Relations in Eastern Europe conference, Humboldt Univ., Berlin (March 2006).

M.E. Smith and Katja Weber, "Governance Theories, Regional Integration, and European External Relations," American Political Science Association, Washington DC (August 2005)(presented by M.E. Smith).

M.E. Smith and Katja Weber, "Governance Theories, Regional Integration, and European External Relations," World International Studies Conference, Istanbul, Turkey (August 2005)(presented by Katja Weber).

M.E. Smith and Katja Weber, "Governance Theories, Regional Integration, and European External Relations," European Union Studies Association, Austin, TX (March 2005).

M.E. Smith and Katja Weber, "Conceptualizing the EU's Governance of Wider Europe," International Studies Association, Honolulu, Hawaii (March 2005).

M.E. Smith and Katja Weber, "EU Foreign Policy After Enlargement: The Complex Governance of Wider Europe," European Consortium for Political Research, Bologna, Italy (June 2004)(presented by Katja Weber).

"American Hegemony and the Global Governance of High Technology," International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada (March 2004).

"Hired Guns: The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in International Security," Central and East European International Studies Association/U.S. International Studies Association joint international conference, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (June 2003).

"EU Enlargement, Domestic Politics, and Post-communist Transitions: The Impact of Monetary Union on the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland," Southern Political Science Association, Savannah, GA (November 2002).

"EU Enlargement, Domestic Politics, and Post-communist Transitions: The impact of European Monetary Union on the Czech republic, Hungary, and Poland," International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA (March 2002).

Brian Salter and M.E. Smith, "The UK's Stake in the European Union Biotechnology Debate," 4th pan-European international relations conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, Univ. of Kent, Canterbury, UK (September 2001).

Marcela Szymanski and M.E. Smith, "Coherence and Conditionality in European Trade Strategy: Negotiating the EU-Mexico Trade Agreement," European Community Studies Association, Madison, WI (June 2001).

"The Quest for Coherence: Institutional Dilemmas of External Action from Maastricht to Amsterdam," European Community Studies Association, Madison, WI (June 2001).

"Global Competitiveness, Technology, and Risk Management: Lessons from Biotechnology and the Internet," International Studies Association, Chicago, IL (February 2001).

"Uncertainty, Problem-Solving, and Collective Preference Formation: The Case of European Political Cooperation," International Studies Association, Los Angeles, CA (March 2000).

"Interest Groups, Institutions, and Expertise: The New Politics of European Union Biotechnology Regulation," 3rd EU conference of the Centre for Research in European Studies, Univ. of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (March 2000).

M.E. Smith and Craig S. Kim, "Managing or Mis-Managing the Genetic Revolution? International Biotechnology Policy Coordination and the Scientific Community," American Political Science Association, Boston, MA (September 1998).

M.E. Smith and Craig S. Kim, "Managing the Genetic Revolution: International Biotechnology Policy Coordination and the Power of Knowledge," International Studies Association, Minneapolis, MN (March 1998).

"Uncertainty, Problem-Solving, and Collective Preference Formation: The Case of European Political Cooperation," Council for European Studies, Baltimore, MD (March 1998).

"What's Wrong With the CFSP?? The Politics of Institutional Reform," European Community Studies Association, Seattle, WA (May 1997). Earlier versions presented at the Western Political Science Association, Tucson, AZ (March 1997), and the 2nd Annual Graduate Student Conference, Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC (November, 1996).

"Achieving the Common Foreign and Security Policy: Collusion and Confusion in EU Institutions," Council for European Studies, Chicago, IL (March 1996). Earlier version presented at the 13th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Institute for Western Europe, Columbia Univ., New York, NY (March 1996).

Presented dissertation research to the "New Approaches to European Union Studies" graduate dissertation workshop, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (December 1995).

"The Limits of Leadership: Germany and the EMS/Yugoslav Crises," European Community Studies Association, Charleston, SC (May 1995). Earlier version presented at the 12th Graduate Student Conference, Institute for Western Europe, Columbia Univ., New York, NY (March 1995).

Other conference participation

Roundtable participant, "Security and Technology," British International Studies Association, London (June 2015).

Panel chair, "Understanding the CFSP and Its Evolutions," European Union Studies Association, Boston (March 2015).

Panel organizer, chair, and presenter, "Building the European External Action Service: The Politics of Institutional Change."  European Consortium for Political Research - EU Studies Conference, Tampere (September 2012).

Panel discussant, "Between Convergence and Co-existence: National Priorities and the Trajectory of CFSP." European Consortium for Political Research - EU Studies Conference, Tampere (September 2012).

Panel chair and discussant, "Between Convergence and Co-existence: National Priorities and the Trajectory of CFSP." University Assocation for Contemporary European Studies, Passau (September 2012).

Panel organizer and presenter, "Building the European External Action Service: The Politics of Institutional Change."  University Association for Contemporary European Studies, Passau (September 2012).

Panel organizer, chair, and presenter, "Making Sense of the CFSP/CSDP II: Institutional Learning and European Foreign Policy." European Union Studies Association (March 2011)

Poster presentation, Basil Germond and M.E. Smith, "The EU's Anti-Piracy Naval Operation: An Evolution of ESDP's Objectives and Geopolitical Ambitions?" International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA (February 2010).

Roundtable participant, "EU-US Relations After George W. Bush: Evolution or Revolution?" European Union Studies Association, Marina Del Rey, CA (April 2009).

Conference program committee: Sole organizer of all panels on external relations, European Union Studies Association conference, Marina Del Rey, CA (April 2009).

Conference program committee: Sole organizer of all panels on European foreign policy, European Consortium for Political Research - European Union studies conference, Riga, Latvia (September 2008).

Panel organizer, chair, and presenter, "Does the EU Have a Grand Strategy and Does It Matter?"? European Union Studies Association meeting, Montreal (June 2007).

Panel organizer and chair, "Post-Enlargement EU Foreign Policy: External Governance and the European Neighborhood Policy," European Consortium for Political Research, Istanbul, Turkey (September 2006).

Roundtable participant, "Europe's New Neighborhood: An Update," Georgia Institute of Technology public forum, Atlanta, GA (April 2005).

Panel organizer and chair, "The European Union's New Neighborhood: Theory and Practice in the Governance of Wider Europe," International Studies Association, Honolulu, Hawaii (March 2005).

Roundtable participant, "Europe's New Neighborhood: The Governance of Wider Europe," Georgia Institute of Technology public forum, Atlanta, GA (November 2004).

Workshop co-organizer, "Transatlantic Relations and the Governance of Wider Europe," sponsored by the EU Center of the University System of Georgia, Atlanta, GA (April 2004).

Panel discussant, "Troubled Partners: The United States and Europe," International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada (March 2004).?

Workshop co-organizer and panel chair, "Transatlantic Relations: What Next?",? co-sponsored by the EU Centers of Syracuse Univ. and the Univ. System of Georgia, Washington, DC (March 2004).

Panel chair and discussant, "Globalization and International (In)Security," Central and East European International Studies Association/U.S. International Studies Association joint international conference, Budapest, Hungary (June 2003).

Panel chair, "Partnerships in and the Representation of Global Civil Society," Central and East European International Studies Association/U.S. International Studies Association joint international conference, Budapest, Hungary (June 2003).

Panel chair, "The First and the Second Worlds: Governance or the Power of Capital?" International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA (March 2002).

Panel discussant, "The Politics of Development," Southern Political Science Association Conference, Atlanta, GA (November 2001).

Panel chair and organizer, "Globalization and the Politics of Consumer Protection," International Studies Association conference (Chicago, IL, February 2001).

Conference co-organizer, "New Approaches to Regional Governance," Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (May 1998).

Panel chair and discussant, "The EU's New Asia Strategy," 5th biennial conference of the European Community Studies Association, Seattle, WA (May 1997).

Panel chair and organizer, "Developing a Credible Common Foreign and Security Policy: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives," European Community Studies Association, Seattle, WA (May 1997).

Delegate, "The New Transatlantic Agenda," conference organized to launch the journal European Foreign Affairs Review, Brussels, Belgium (June 1996).?

Delegate, "The European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy: The Challenges of the Future," European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht, the Netherlands (October 1995).

Delegate, "What Does 1996 Mean for Europe, for Britain?" conference organized by the Centre for European Policy Studies, London, UK (October 1995).

Panel discussant, "Germany and Economic and Monetary Union," European Community Studies Association, Charleston, SC (May 1995).

Reviews, proceedings, and miscellaneous publications

"Europe Builds Tower of Babble Against Terrorism," EUobserver, 24 March 2016.

"Time to Get Real About the European Dream - and the American One," European Council on Foreign Relations blog (www.ecfr.eu/blog), 16 May 2013.

Book review: Sarah Wolff, Nicole Wichmann, and Gregory Mouniers (eds.), The External Dimension of Justice and Home Affairs: A Different Security Agenda for the European Union? (Routledge 2010). In European Security (2012).

Book review: Joseph Soeters and Philippe Manigart (eds.), Military Cooperation in Multinational Peace Operations: Managing Cultural Diversity (Routledge 2008). In Defense and Security Analysis (2009).

The Accidental Strategist? Military Power, Grand Strategy, and the EU's Changing Global Role (Europa Institute Working Paper, University of Edinburgh: 2008).

Book review: Andrew Cottey, Security in the New Europe (Palgrave 2007). In European Foreign Affairs Review (Summer 2008).

Book review: Paolo Foradori, Paolo Rosa, and Riccardo Scartezzini (eds.), Managing a Multilevel Foreign Policy: The EU in International Affairs (Lexington Books: 2007). In EUSA Review 21 (Spring 2008).

"Assessing the European Neighbourhood Policy: Some Preliminary Views," CFSP Forum 5 (May 2007).

"European Foreign Policy Reform: Between the Constitutional Treaty and the Real World," article commissioned for Young Europeans for Security, at http://www.yes-dk.dk/.

"The Global Governance of Technological Revolutions: Project Summary," STEP Ahead, newsletter of the Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics section of the APSA (Summer 2004).

Book review: Trevor C. Salmon and Alistair J.K. Sheperd, Toward a European Army: A Military Power in the Making? (Lynne Rienner, 2003). In Contemporary Security Policy 24 (December 2003).

Book review: Michele Knodt and Sebastiaan Princen (eds.), Understanding the European Union's External Relations (Routledge, 2003). In Acta Politica: International Journal of Political Science (December 2003).

"Institutional Moments, Policy Performance, and the Future of EU Security/Defense Policy," EUSA Review (Winter 2003). Also served as guest co-editor of this issue.

Book review: The European Parliament, 3rd edition, by Richard Corbett, Francis Jacobs, and Michael Shackleton (Cartermill, 1995). In ECSA Newsletter 9 (Winter 1996).

"Achieving the Common Foreign and Security Policy: Collusion and Confusion in EU Institutions," in Donald Durfee, ed., Europe and the World: External Relations, Internal Dynamics, Proceedings of the 13th Annual Graduate Student Conference (New York: Columbia University, March 1996).

"The Limits of Leadership: Germany and the EMS/Yugoslav Crises," in Karl-Orfeo Fioretos (ed.), Europe Towards the 21st Century: Politics, Policies, People, Proceedings of the 12th Annual Graduate Student Conference (New York: Columbia University, March 1995).

Awards

2019      Nominee, Best Undergraduate Lecturer Award, Student Choice Awards, Univ. of Aberdeen

2018      Winner, Funniest Lecturer Award, Student Choice Awards, Univ. of Aberdeen

2016      Nominee, Teaching Excellence Award, Student Choice Awards, Univ. of Aberdeen

2014      Winner, Most Useful Feedback Award, Student Choice Awards, Univ. of Aberdeen

2014      Nominee, Lecturer of the Year Award, Student Choice Awards, Univ. of Aberdeen

2014      Nominee, Teaching Award for Excellence, Univ. of Aberdeen

2014      Award for the most downloaded article of the year (for 2011), Journal of European Public Policy

2007      Award for the most downloaded article of the year (for 2004), Journal of European Public Policy

2005      Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, College of Arts & Sciences, Georgia State University

2002      Best article award (for 2001), Journal of Common Market Studies

1998      Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship, UC Irvine

 

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