Drew Smith

Interested in International Security, Terrorism and Geopolitics. Constantly on the look out for my next travel adventure.

Russia is not a victim of doping, it is a protagonist and should be barred from the Rio Olympics

Published in the Telegraph 07.06.2016 As if further proof were required, the news that 14 Russian athletes slated to compete at this summer’s Olympic Games have returned positive urine samples … Continue reading

June 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sport should be at the heart of David Cameron’s prison reform agend

Published in the Telegraph 18.05.2016 When we send our children to school, we expect them to get an education. Should we not similarly expect that those we send to young … Continue reading

June 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

It’s time we started taking sports crime far more seriously

Published on Politics Home As the never-ending cycle of crises at FIFA shows, unless good governance and well-resourced, independent investigatory units are embedded at the heart of international sporting organisations, … Continue reading

June 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

When it comes to security, Britain and Europe need each other

Terrorist atrocities, like those that we saw recently in Brussels, have a unique capacity to shock and strike fear. The very essence of terrorism is to encourage us to lose … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

The legacy Qatar can expect from the 2022 World Cup if it doesn’t abandon its kafala system

“Human beings are born free, and no one has the right to enslave, humiliate, oppress or exploit them.” Thus proclaims the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, signed by … Continue reading

December 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Radical solutions are needed if we are to solve the housing crisis

Published by Politics Home Improving the number and quality of new houses is one of the most important challenges we face. If we are going to meet the government’s target … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Is off-site manufacturing the start of a revolution in affordable housing?

Published in the Huffington Post Housebuilding has rebounded since the end of the financial crisis; but to meet the challenge of drastically increasing the size and quality of our housing … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mental health provision stands to benefit if we unleash sport’s transformative potential

Britain is home to a host of exciting initiatives that get people active in sports and help the jobless in to work. The success of the latter has been remarkable … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Little England Syndrome: why British attitudes towards Europe’s migrant crisis are so perverse

Published by British Future It is a curious thing when someone of a centre-right disposition, with similarly right of centre views on immigration, has cause to rail against the right-wing … Continue reading

August 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Limiting air strikes to Iraq might be nonsensical, but we should be making the case for boots on the ground instead

Nobody is proposing deploying the British Army to Iraq, and I am not about to start. Many of the toxic conditions that led to the spillage of so much blood … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

The world’s ‘most persecuted minority’ are virtually unknown. How is this possible?

Published in the Huffington Post: Ask a Briton who the most persecuted minority in the world are and few, if any, would nominate Burma/ Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya for this most … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Debunking the Islamist versus non-Islamist framing of the current chaos: extremism has little to do with Libya’s polarisation into two rival blocs

Three and a half years after NATO’s intervention created the space for the ouster of Col Muammar Gaddaffi, Libya is once again failing as a state and teeters on the … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · 1 Comment


My research and analysis was recently included in this report, published by defence and security think-tank The Henry Jackson Society, on the first 100 days of the UK’s campaign against the … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

My top 15 Travelling Experiences

15.) Driving The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. Kate and I had a wonderful day snaking along one of the most stunning and iconic roads in the world which was … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

It feels like I’ve been waiting my whole life for this. After four nights out on the town in Cuzco (where I bumped into two different girls from RMS back … Continue reading

April 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Six Incredible days in Beijing

I write this on my flight to Bangkok, nervous that I am now riding solo and don’t have anyone like Adam to rely upon. His help, appreciation of the Chinese … Continue reading

March 15, 2012 · 1 Comment