Dr. Tom Smith is the Academic Director of the Royal Air Force College, and an Associate Professor in International Relations.   

Research interests

The Philippines and security in Southeast Asia around issues including; terrorism, human rights, electoral violence, politics, media, culture, technology, sportswahsing, Asian Cinema, Neo-Noir Cinema and Bitcoin.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching is focused on modules on Insurgencies, Terrorism and International Security.

Current PhD Students:

  • Alexander Hasenstab - Pre-Deployment Security Trainings (PDST) in the Aid Sector
  • Sorina Totica - Understanding the Confusion between Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in West Africa
  • Olivia Caskey - Analysing and challenging representations of female jihadi radicalization
  • Ann Bajo - Assessing Malaysian interventions in the insurgencies of Pattani and Mindanao. 

I am happy to receive informal enquiries relating to research in any of the above-indicated areas and assist in working up proposals for doctoral study.

Media availability

I am available for media commentary and analysis – see examples here. I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research and am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me directly on