Hugh Smith, AM

Hugh Smith, AM

Editorial Advisory Panel

Dr Hugh Smith retired in 2004 as Associate Professor in Politics at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra where he had taught since the Academy opened in 1986. He has also lectured frequently at staff colleges in fields such as strategic thought, war and ethics, and armed forces and society and has made a number of submissions to parliamentary committees on defence matters. Dr Smith holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Australian National University (ANU).

In September 2015 Dr Hugh Smith was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) "for significant service to higher education as an academic and researcher in the field of military sociology, and to the community".


(Since 1990)

‘The womb of war:  Clausewitz and international politics’, Review of International Studies, vol. 16  no. 1 (January 1990)

‘Conscientious Objection to Particular Wars:  Australia's Experience during the Vietnam War, 1965-72’, War & Society. vol. 8  no. 1 (1990)

‘Women in the Australian Defence Force: in line for the front line?’, Australian Quarterly, vol. 62  no. 2 (Winter 1990)

‘The Changing Military Profession:  Integrating Women in the Australian Defence Force’ (with Ian McAllister), Australian & New Zealand Journal of Sociology, vol. 27  no. 3 (November 1991)

Naval Power in the Pacific (edited with Anthony Bergin), Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder, 1993 

International Peacekeeping: Building on the Cambodian Experience (editor), Australian Defence Studies Centre, Canberra, 1994

‘Intelligence and United Nations Peacekeeping’, Survival, vol. 36  no. 3 (Autumn 1994)

The Force of Law: International Law and the Land Commander (editor), Australian Defence Studies Centre, Canberra, 1994

‘The Dynamics of Social Change and the Australian Defence Force’, Armed Forces & Society, vol. 21  no. 4 (Summer 1995)

'Review of the Ready Reserve Scheme', Report to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Unisearch, UNSW, 30 June 1995 (with Lt. Gen. John Coates)

‘International Peacekeeping: Issues for Australia and the Region’ in Gary Klintworth (ed), Asia-Pacific Security: Less Uncertainties, New Opportunities?, Longman, Melbourne, 1996

‘Politics of foreign policy’ in F.A. Mediansky (ed), Australian Foreign Policy: Into the New Millennium, Macmillan, Melbourne, 1997

Preparing Future Leaders: Officer Education and Training for the Twenty-first Century (editor), Australian Defence Studies Centre, Canberra, 1998

‘Force Structure: The Human Dimension’ in J. Mohan Malik (ed), Australia's Security in the 21st Century, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1998

‘The Use of Armed Forces in Law Enforcement: Legal, Constitutional and Political Issues in Australia’, Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 33 no. 2 (July 1998)

The Strategists (editor), Australian Defence Studies Centre, Canberra, 2001

‘On Strategy and Strategists’ in Hugh Smith (ed.), The Strategists, Australian Defence Studies Centre, Canberra, 2001

‘Australia’ in David S. Sorensen and Pia Christina Wood (eds), The Politics of Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War Era, Frank Cass, London, 2005

On Clausewitz: A Study of Military and Political Ideas, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2005

‘What Costs Will Democracies Bear? A Review of Popular Theories of Casualty Aversion’, Armed Forces & Society, vol. 31 no. 4 (Summer 2005)

‘The Armed Forces Federation of Australia: The union that isn’t a union’ in Richard Bartle and Lindy Heinecken (eds), Military Unionism in the Post-Cold War Era, Routledge, London, 2006,

‘Ethics and intelligence in the age of terror’ in Alex J. Bellamy, Roland Bleiker, Sara E. Davies and Richard Devetak (eds), Security and the War on Terror, Routledge, Abingdon, 2008

‘Use Them or Lose Them? Australia’s Defence Force Reserves’ (with Nick Jans), Armed Forces & Society, vol. 37 no. 2 (April 2011)

‘Clausewitz as Sociologist’, Infinity Journal, Special Edition, Spring 2012

"Educating for the profession of arms in Australia" (with Anthony Bergin), Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Special Report no. 49, Canberra, 2013