Edwin M. Smith

Expert on international peacekeeping, asylum requests, Edward Snowden

Holder of the Leon Benwell Professorship in Law and International Relations
Professor of law and international relations, USC Gould School


  • international law
  • constitutional law and foreign relations
  • the role of Congress in defense and intelligence policy
  • arms control
  • the prevention and management of international crises
  • democracy and national security
  • ethics and international relations
  • constitutional checks and balances in U.S. federal government relating to foreign policy
  • the separation of powers relating to foreign policy
  • the United Nations
  • Senate and treaty ratification
  • war powers
  • international organizations
  • arms, security and defense
  • disarmament
  • the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
  • peacekeeping

Additional Information

  • Co-author, Congressional Authorization of Nuclear First Use: Problems of Implementation (1985) and The United Nations in the 21st Century (1994)
  • Served as special counsel for foreign policy to U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan
  • Chaired the Board of the Academic Council on the United Nations System
  • Served as consultant to the U.S. Department of State
  • Served on the Science and Policy Advisory Committee, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

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