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Failure and success in state formation : British policy towards the Federation of South Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (2016)
Journal Article
Smith, S. C. (2017). Failure and success in state formation : British policy towards the Federation of South Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Middle Eastern Studies, 53(1), (84-97). doi:10.1080/00263206.2016.1196667. ISSN 0026-3206

Despite the apparent similarities in Britain's relationship with the Sheikhdoms of the Lower Gulf and the traditional states of southern Arabia, British policy-makers pursued contrasting policies towards the two sets of territories in the era of deco... Read More

Britain’s decision to withdraw from the Persian Gulf: a pattern not a puzzle (2015)
Journal Article
Smith, S. C. (2016). Britain’s decision to withdraw from the Persian Gulf: a pattern not a puzzle. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 44(2), 328-351. doi:10.1080/03086534.2015.1123541

The reasons for the British decision to withdraw from the Gulf are highly contentious. While some scholars have focused on short-term considerations, especially the devaluation of sterling towards the end of 1967, in the British determination to quit... Read More

Priests and politicians : Archbishop Michael Gonzi, Dom Mintoff, and the end of empire in Malta (2014)
Journal Article
Smith, S. (2014). Priests and politicians : Archbishop Michael Gonzi, Dom Mintoff, and the end of empire in Malta. Journal of Mediterranean studies, 23(1), 113-124

The political contest in Malta at the end of empire involved not merely the British colonial authorities and emerging nationalists, but also the powerful Catholic Church. Under Archbishop Gonzi’s leadership, the Church took an overtly political stanc... Read More

The Anglo-American 'special relationship' and the Middle East, 1945-1973 (2014)
Journal Article
Smith, S. C. (2014). The Anglo-American 'special relationship' and the Middle East, 1945-1973. Asian Affairs, 45(3), (425-448). doi:10.1080/03068374.2014.951567. ISSN 1477-1500

It is widely recognised that the Anglo-American ‘special relationship’ fluctuated following the Second World War. A “Persistent rivalry” was especially evident in policy towards the Middle East and its oil. Immediately after the war, the American att... Read More

Centurions and Chieftains : tank sales and British policy towards Israel in the aftermath of the Six Day War (2014)
Journal Article
Smith, S. C. (2014). Centurions and Chieftains : tank sales and British policy towards Israel in the aftermath of the Six Day War. Contemporary British History, 28(2), (219-239). doi:10.1080/13619462.2014.930348. ISSN 1361-9462

Britain's attempt to distance itself from Israel as London sought to conciliate the Arab world in the aftermath of the Six-Day War has entered the historiography of Anglo-Israeli relations. A neglected aspect of the development of British policy towa... Read More

Coming down on the winning side: Britain and the South Asia crisis, 1971 (2010)
Journal Article
Smith, S. C. (2010). Coming down on the winning side: Britain and the South Asia crisis, 1971. Contemporary British History, 24(4), (451-470). doi:10.1080/13619462.2010.518410. ISSN 1361-9462

The 1971 South Asia crisis demonstrated that Britain, despite the contemporaneous discussions which were taking place over British accession to the European Economic Community, continued to possess global interests. After a brief period of neutrality... Read More

Conflict and collaboration: Britain and Sultan Ibrahim of Johore (2008)
Journal Article
Smith, S. C. (2008). Conflict and collaboration: Britain and Sultan Ibrahim of Johore. Indonesia and the Malay World, 36(106), (345-358). doi:10.1080/13639810802450357. ISSN 1363-9811

The establishment of workable collaborative relations with indigenous elites formed a vital part of the maintenance of the British Empire. This was especially so in the Malay States, where the Malay rulers enjoyed considerable local prestige as relig... Read More

An empire built on sand (2008)
Book
Smith, S. (2008). An empire built on sand. Britain and the Middle East: from imperial power to junior partner, 48 - 65. Sussex Academic Press