Michael E. Smith is head of the Department of Politics & International Relations and Professor of International Relations at the University of Aberdeen; he is also a former Reader in International Relations at the University of St Andrews.  He holds a PhD in political science from the University of California and has been a Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute, a Fulbright scholar to the EU, a Council for European Studies fellow, and a visiting research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels.  He specializes in international cooperation in security and technology, particularly in the US and Europe. 

His publications include Europe's Common Security and Defence Policy: Capacity-Building, Experiential Learning, and Institutional Change (Cambridge 2017); International Security: Politics, Policy, Prospects (Palgrave 2017); Governing Europe’s Neighbourhood: Partners or Periphery? (Manchester 2007); and Europe’s Foreign and Security Policy: The Institutionalization of Cooperation (Cambridge 2003).  He has also published in European Security, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Integration, Contemporary Security Policy, the European Journal of International Relations, and the European Foreign Affairs Review (among others), as well as contributed chapters to The New Intergovernmentalism, The State of the European Union, Making EU Foreign Policy, The Institutions of the European Union, International Relations and the European Union, The Institutionalization of Europe, The EU, Strategy, and Security Policy, and European Integration and Supranational Governance (among others).

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