Paul Smith, Ph.D.

Paul Smith, Ph.D.

National Security Affairs
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Dr. Paul J. Smith joined the NSA department in July 2006 and teaches the Security Strategies course. He was formerly an associate/assistant professor with the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Hawaii. His research focuses on transnational security issues and the international politics of East Asia (with particular emphasis on the People’s Republic of China). He has published articles in Asian Affairs: an American Review, Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, Comparative Strategy, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Fudan American Review (美国问题研究 ), Global Review (国际展望), Harvard Asia-Pacific Review, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Journal of Conflict, Security and Development, Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, Journal of Third World Studies, Naval War College Review, Orbis, Parameters, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Survival. His chapter contributions have appeared in such books as Handbook of US-China Relations (Edward Elgar, 2016), Security and Conflict in East Asia (Routledge, 2015), Essentials of Counterterrorism (Praeger, 2015), East and South-East Asia: International Relations and Security Perspectives (Routledge, 2013), Handbook of Asian Criminology (Springer, 2013), Beijing’s Power and China’s Borders: Twenty Neighbors in Asia (M.E. Sharpe, 2013), Encyclopedia of Terrorism (ABC-CLIO, 2013),The Impact of 9/11 on Business and Economics: The Business of Terror (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Fixing Fractured Nations: the Challenge of Ethnic Separatism in the Asia-Pacific (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Tiger’s Roar: Asia’s Recovery and its Impact (M.E. Sharpe, 2001). He has written commissioned chapters or articles for the Council on Foreign Relations (New York), the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), the Institute for Security and Development Policy (Stockholm) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (Geneva). His edited books include Human Smuggling: Chinese Migrant Trafficking and the Challenge to America’s Immigration Tradition (Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1997) and Terrorism and Violence in Southeast Asia: Transnational Challenges to States and Regional Stability (M.E. Sharpe, 2004). He is author of the book The Terrorism Ahead: Confronting Transnational Violence in the 21st Century (M.E. Sharpe, 2007). Dr. Smith frequently provides commentary for national and international news organizations. He serves on the international editorial board of the terrorism-focused journal Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict. He has delivered lectures on terrorism finance and financial crime to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Australian Federal Police (AFP); he is a member of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI). He has testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission regarding U.S.-China counterterrorism cooperation. Dr. Smith has lived and studied in Taiwan, the People’s Republic of China and the United Kingdom; he is conversant in Mandarin Chinese. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Washington and Lee University, his Master of Arts from the University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies-SOAS) and his JD and PhD (political science) from the University of Hawaii.

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