Associate Professor Benjamin Goldsmith

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Benjamin E. Goldsmith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His research and teaching are in the areas of international relations, comparative foreign policy, and political psychology. He is the author of the book Imitation in International Relations: Observational Learning, Analogies, and Foreign Policy in Russia and Ukraine, as well as articles in leading academic journals including European Journal of International Relations, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Politics and World Politics. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (Michigan 2001) and an M.A. in Russian Area Studies (Georgetown 1995). Before joining the University of Sydney in 2008, he taught at other universities in Australia, Singapore, and the United States.

Beginning in 2010, Goldsmith is a Chief Investigator on two research-grant projects with Prof. Arcot Sowmya (Computer Science, UNSW): 1) Discovery Grant, Political Institutions, War, and Peace: Global and Regional Dynamics, Australian Research Council, 2010-2012 and 2) R2P Research Grant, Understanding and Forecasting Political Instability, Mass Atrocities, and Genocide: Combining Social Science and Machine Learning Approaches, Australian Responsibility to Protect Fund, 2010-2011. He is also a member of the The ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative, 2009-2012 and the Swedish Riksbankens Jubileumsfond East Asia Peace program, 2011-2015.

In 2009 Dr. Goldsmith co-organized the 3rd Australasian Conference on the Economics and Politics of War and Peace (26-27 June, University of Sydney).

During 2009 Dr. Goldsmith was a Research Associate with the United States Study Centre, Sydney in conjunction with the USSC research grant Global Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy: Trends over time and soft-power consequences (with Yusaku Horiuchi).

Research interests

  • War and peace
  • Political Instability
  • Defense spending
  • Public opinion and foreign policy
  • Learning and cognition in international relations

Teaching and supervision

Current Courses
Invited Lectures and Seminars

Goldsmith, BE 2012, "A Democratic Peace in Asia?", invited talk, 3 December 2012, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Goldsmith, BE 2012, "Domestic Political Institutions and International Conflict Behaviour in Asia", lecture for Aotearoa-NZ Peace and Conflict Studies Trust, The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, 29 November 2012, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Goldsmith, BE 2012, "Why No Escalation?: Developmental States, Trade Flows, and the Absence of War in East Asia since 1979", paper presented at 2nd Annual Conference of the East Asian Peace Program, 26-27 October 2012, Seoul, South Korea.

Goldsmith, BE & Horiuchi, Y 2010, "Does Foreign Public Opinion Matter for U.S. Foreign Policy?" invited talk at the Center for Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 28 January 2010.

Goldsmith, BE 2009, "In Search of Soft Power," invited talk at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of World Economics and Politics (based on research with Yusaku Horiuchi), Beijing, 29 October 2009.

Goldsmith, BE & Horiuchi, Y 2009, "In Search of Soft Power: Does Foreign Public Opinion Matter for U.S. Foreign Policy?" invited talk at the United States Study Centre, University of Sydney, 11 August 2009.

Goldsmith, BE 2009, "Asia-Pacific Perceptions of U.S. Foreign Policy and International Relations," invited talk at United States Study Centre event for U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Intern Program, 24 April 2009.

Goldsmith, BE 2009, "International Trade and War: Insights from bargaining models of conflict," presented at the colloquium series of the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney, 26 March 2009.

Goldsmith, BE 2008, "International Trade, Dependence, Conflict, and War: What you count counts," invited talk at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University, Brisbane, 10 October 2008.

Goldsmith, BE & Horiuchi, Y 2008, "US Public Diplomacy and International Public Opinion," invited talk at the United States Study Centre, University of Sydney, 20 June 2008.

Goldsmith, BE 2007, "International Trade and Deadly Conflict: Some new analysis," invited talk for the Seminar Series, Department of Economics, University of Western Sydney, 15 April 2008.

Goldsmith, BE & Horiuchi Y 2007, "Spinning the Globe? U.S. Public Diplomacy and Foreign Public Opinion," invited talk, Conference on Comparative Public Diplomacy: Australia, Japan, and the Asia Pacific, Old Parliament House, Canberra, 6 March 2007.

Goldsmith, BE 2006, "A Liberal Peace in Asia?" Invited talk at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, 31 August 2006.

Goldsmith, BE 2006, "Naïve Spatial Modeling of Global War Regions," School of Economics, Politics, and Tourism Research Seminar, University of Newcastle, Australia, February 2006.

Goldsmith, BE & Chalup SK, Quinlan MJ 2005, "Regime Type and International Conflict: Towards a general theory", School of Policy Research Seminar, University of Newcastle, Australia, October 2005.

Replication Data

Goldsmith B., Butcher C., Semenovich D., and Sowmya A. (2013). Forecasting the Onset of Genocide and Politicide: Annual Out-of-Sample Forecasts on a Global Dataset, 1988-2003. Journal of Peace Research 50, 4. 437-452. Download replication data.

Goldsmith, B.
(2013). Different in Asia? Developmental states, trade, and international conflict escalation. International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 13, 175-205. Download replication data.

Selected grants

2015

  • Global Challenges, Reluctant Publics The Role of Public Opinion in International Cooperation on Crucial Global Issues; Goldsmith B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Future Fellowships (FT).

2012

  • Female Entrepreneurs, Business Performance, and the Party-state in China; Chen M, Goldsmith B; China Studies Centre/Major Grant.

2010

  • Political Institutions, War, and Peace: Global and Regional Dynamics; Goldsmith B, Sowmya A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • Understanding and Forecasting Political Instability, Mass Atrocities, and Genocide: Combining Social Science and Machine Learning Approaches; Goldsmith B, Sowmya A; Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility To Protect/Australian Responsibility To Protect Fund.

2009

  • Quantitative Conflict Analysis: Machine Learning and Econometrics; Goldsmith B; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Goldsmith, B. (2005). Imitation in International Relations: Observational Learning, Analogies, and Foreign Policy in Russia and Ukraine. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited Books

  • Goldsmith, B., Brauer, J. (2010). Economics of War and Peace: Economic, Legal, and Political Perspectives. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.

Book Chapters

  • Goldsmith, B., Semenovich, D., Sowmya, A. (2013). Political instability and genocide: Comparing causes in Asia and the Pacific and globally. In Deborah Mayersen, Annie Pohlman (Eds.), Genocide and Mass Atrocities in Asia: Legacies and prevention, (pp. 136-157). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Goot,, M., Goldsmith, B. (2012). Australia. In Richard Sobel, Peter Furia and Bethany Barrett (Eds.), Public Opinion and International Intervention: Lessons from the Iraq War, (pp. 47-68). USA: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Goldsmith, B. (2010). Economic Factors in Peace and War: A discussion. In Benjamin E.Goldsmith and Jurgen Brauer (Eds.), Economics of War and Peace: Economic, Legal, and Political Perspectives, (pp. 263-282). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.
  • Goldsmith, B., Brauer, J. (2010). Introduction. In Benjamin E.Goldsmith and Jurgen Brauer (Eds.), Economics of War and Peace: Economic, Legal, and Political Perspectives, (pp. 1-9). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.

Journals

  • Goldsmith, B., Horiuchi, Y., Wood, T. (2014). Doing Well by Doing Good: The Impact of Foreign Aid on Foreign Public Opinion. Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 9(1), 87-114. [More Information]
  • Goldsmith, B. (2014). Domestic political institutions and the initiation of international conflict in East Asia: some evidence for an Asian democratic peace. International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 14(1), 59-90. [More Information]
  • Goldsmith, B. (2014). The East Asian Peace as a Second-Order Diffusion Effect. International Studies Review (Print), 16(2), 275-289. [More Information]
  • Goldsmith, B. (2013). Different in Asia? Developmental states, trade, and international conflict onset and escalation. International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 13(2), 175-205. [More Information]
  • Goldsmith, B., Butcher, C., Semenovich, D., Sowmya, A. (2013). Forecasting the onset of genocide and politicide: Annual out-of-sample forecasts on a global dataset, 1988–2003. Journal of Peace Research, 50(4), 437-452. [More Information]
  • Goldsmith, B. (2013). International Trade and the Onset and Escalation of Interstate Conflict: More to fight about, or more reasons not to fight? Defence and Peace Economics, 24(6), 555-578. [More Information]
  • Goldsmith, B., Linley, M. (2012). Engaged or Not? Perceptions of Australian Influence among Asian Publics. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 13(4), 525-551. [More Information]
  • Goldsmith, B., Horiuchi, Y. (2012). In Search of Soft Power: Does foreign public opinion matter for U.S. foreign policy? World Politics: a quarterly journal of international relations, 64(3), 555-585. [More Information]
  • Linley, M., Reilly, J., Goldsmith, B. (2012). Who's Afraid of the Dragon? Asian Mass Publics' Perceptions of China's Influence. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 13(4), 501-523. [More Information]
  • Goldsmith, B., Horiuchi, Y. (2009). Spinning the Globe? U.S. Public Diplomacy and Foreign Public Opinion. The Journal of Politics, 71(3), 863-875.
  • Goldsmith, B., He, B. (2008). Letting Go Without a Fight: Decolonization, Democracy and War, 1900–94. Journal of Peace Research, 45(5), 587-611.
  • Goldsmith, B., Chalup, S., Quinlan, M. (2008). Regime Type and International Conflict: Towards a General Model. Journal of Peace Research, 45(6), 743-763.
  • Goldsmith, B. (2007). A Liberal Peace in Asia? Journal of Peace Research, 44(1), 5-27.
  • Goldsmith, B. (2007). Arms Racing in 'Space': Spatial Modelling of Military Spending around the World. Australian Journal of Political Science, 42(3), 419-440.
  • Goldsmith, B. (2007). Defense Effort and Institutional Theories of Democratic Peace and Victory: Why Try Harder? Security Studies (Quarterly), 16(2), 189-222.
  • Goldsmith, B. (2006). A Universal Proposition? Region, Conflict, War, and the Robustness of the Kantian Peace. European Journal of International Relations, 12(4), 533-563.
  • Goldsmith, B. (2006). Regime Type, Post-Materialism, and International Public Opinion about U.S. Foreign Policy: The Afghan and Iraqi Wars. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 7(1), 23-39.
  • Goldsmith, B., Horiuchi, Y., Inoguchi, T. (2005). American Foreign Policy and Global Opinion: Who Supported the War in Afghanistan? Journal of Conflict Resolution: research on war and peace between and within nations, 49(3), 408-429.
  • Goldsmith, B., Horiuchi, Y., Inoguchi, T. (2005). Global Public Opinion, Models and Methods: A Case Study of the 2001 U.S.-led War in Afghanistan. Leviathan, 36, 62-81.
  • Goldsmith, B. (2003). Bearing the Defense Burden, 1886-1989: Why Spend More? Journal of Conflict Resolution: research on war and peace between and within nations, 47(5), 551-573.
  • Goldsmith, B. (2003). Imitation in International Relations: Analogies, Vicarious Learning, and Foreign Policy. International Interactions, 29(3), 237-267.

Conferences

  • Semenovich, D., Sowmya, A., Goldsmith, B. (2012). Predicting onsets of genocide with sparse additive models. 21st International Conference on Pattern Recognition, ICPR 2012, Piscataway, New Jersey: IEEE Xplore.
  • Goldsmith, B., Horiuchi, Y. (2006). Living with Hegemony: High and low crisis periods and perceptions of the U.S. in global public opinion. Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2006 (APSA 2006), Australia: Australian Political Studies Association.
  • Goldsmith, B. (2006). Unemployment and 'Diversionary' Foreign Policy Around the World. 13th National Conference on Unemployment, Australia: Centre of Full Employment and Equity, University of Newcastle.

2014

  • Goldsmith, B., Horiuchi, Y., Wood, T. (2014). Doing Well by Doing Good: The Impact of Foreign Aid on Foreign Public Opinion. Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 9(1), 87-114. [More Information]
  • Goldsmith, B. (2014). Domestic political institutions and the initiation of international conflict in East Asia: some evidence for an Asian democratic peace. International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 14(1), 59-90. [More Information]
  • Goldsmith, B. (2014). The East Asian Peace as a Second-Order Diffusion Effect. International Studies Review (Print), 16(2), 275-289. [More Information]

2013

  • Goldsmith, B. (2013). Different in Asia? Developmental states, trade, and international conflict onset and escalation. International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 13(2), 175-205. [More Information]
  • Goldsmith, B., Butcher, C., Semenovich, D., Sowmya, A. (2013). Forecasting the onset of genocide and politicide: Annual out-of-sample forecasts on a global dataset, 1988–2003. Journal of Peace Research, 50(4), 437-452. [More Information]
  • Goldsmith, B. (2013). International Trade and the Onset and Escalation of Interstate Conflict: More to fight about, or more reasons not to fight? Defence and Peace Economics, 24(6), 555-578. [More Information]
  • Goldsmith, B., Semenovich, D., Sowmya, A. (2013). Political instability and genocide: Comparing causes in Asia and the Pacific and globally. In Deborah Mayersen, Annie Pohlman (Eds.), Genocide and Mass Atrocities in Asia: Legacies and prevention, (pp. 136-157). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

2012

  • Goot,, M., Goldsmith, B. (2012). Australia. In Richard Sobel, Peter Furia and Bethany Barrett (Eds.), Public Opinion and International Intervention: Lessons from the Iraq War, (pp. 47-68). USA: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Goldsmith, B., Linley, M. (2012). Engaged or Not? Perceptions of Australian Influence among Asian Publics. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 13(4), 525-551. [More Information]
  • Goldsmith, B., Horiuchi, Y. (2012). In Search of Soft Power: Does foreign public opinion matter for U.S. foreign policy? World Politics: a quarterly journal of international relations, 64(3), 555-585. [More Information]
  • Semenovich, D., Sowmya, A., Goldsmith, B. (2012). Predicting onsets of genocide with sparse additive models. 21st International Conference on Pattern Recognition, ICPR 2012, Piscataway, New Jersey: IEEE Xplore.
  • Linley, M., Reilly, J., Goldsmith, B. (2012). Who's Afraid of the Dragon? Asian Mass Publics' Perceptions of China's Influence. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 13(4), 501-523. [More Information]

2010

  • Goldsmith, B. (2010). Economic Factors in Peace and War: A discussion. In Benjamin E.Goldsmith and Jurgen Brauer (Eds.), Economics of War and Peace: Economic, Legal, and Political Perspectives, (pp. 263-282). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.
  • Goldsmith, B., Brauer, J. (2010). Economics of War and Peace: Economic, Legal, and Political Perspectives. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.
  • Goldsmith, B., Brauer, J. (2010). Introduction. In Benjamin E.Goldsmith and Jurgen Brauer (Eds.), Economics of War and Peace: Economic, Legal, and Political Perspectives, (pp. 1-9). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.

2009

  • Goldsmith, B., Horiuchi, Y. (2009). Spinning the Globe? U.S. Public Diplomacy and Foreign Public Opinion. The Journal of Politics, 71(3), 863-875.

2008

  • Goldsmith, B., He, B. (2008). Letting Go Without a Fight: Decolonization, Democracy and War, 1900–94. Journal of Peace Research, 45(5), 587-611.
  • Goldsmith, B., Chalup, S., Quinlan, M. (2008). Regime Type and International Conflict: Towards a General Model. Journal of Peace Research, 45(6), 743-763.

2007

  • Goldsmith, B. (2007). A Liberal Peace in Asia? Journal of Peace Research, 44(1), 5-27.
  • Goldsmith, B. (2007). Arms Racing in 'Space': Spatial Modelling of Military Spending around the World. Australian Journal of Political Science, 42(3), 419-440.
  • Goldsmith, B. (2007). Defense Effort and Institutional Theories of Democratic Peace and Victory: Why Try Harder? Security Studies (Quarterly), 16(2), 189-222.

2006

  • Goldsmith, B. (2006). A Universal Proposition? Region, Conflict, War, and the Robustness of the Kantian Peace. European Journal of International Relations, 12(4), 533-563.
  • Goldsmith, B., Horiuchi, Y. (2006). Living with Hegemony: High and low crisis periods and perceptions of the U.S. in global public opinion. Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2006 (APSA 2006), Australia: Australian Political Studies Association.
  • Goldsmith, B. (2006). Regime Type, Post-Materialism, and International Public Opinion about U.S. Foreign Policy: The Afghan and Iraqi Wars. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 7(1), 23-39.
  • Goldsmith, B. (2006). Unemployment and 'Diversionary' Foreign Policy Around the World. 13th National Conference on Unemployment, Australia: Centre of Full Employment and Equity, University of Newcastle.

2005

  • Goldsmith, B., Horiuchi, Y., Inoguchi, T. (2005). American Foreign Policy and Global Opinion: Who Supported the War in Afghanistan? Journal of Conflict Resolution: research on war and peace between and within nations, 49(3), 408-429.
  • Goldsmith, B., Horiuchi, Y., Inoguchi, T. (2005). Global Public Opinion, Models and Methods: A Case Study of the 2001 U.S.-led War in Afghanistan. Leviathan, 36, 62-81.
  • Goldsmith, B. (2005). Imitation in International Relations: Observational Learning, Analogies, and Foreign Policy in Russia and Ukraine. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2003

  • Goldsmith, B. (2003). Bearing the Defense Burden, 1886-1989: Why Spend More? Journal of Conflict Resolution: research on war and peace between and within nations, 47(5), 551-573.
  • Goldsmith, B. (2003). Imitation in International Relations: Analogies, Vicarious Learning, and Foreign Policy. International Interactions, 29(3), 237-267.

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