Keiran Hardy is a Research Fellow on Professor George Williams’ ARC Laureate Fellowship on Anti-Terrorism Laws, having completed his PhD on that project in 2014. Keiran has lectured at UNSW in public law, criminal law, advanced criminal law and national security law. His research focuses on counter-terrorism laws, cyber-terrorism, the accountability of intelligence agencies, counter-radicalisation and counter-insurgency.
Keiran's PhD examined the combination of hard power and soft power strategies in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency. In both counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency, the currently accepted strategic position is that governments should balance hard power and soft power to create a 'smart power' strategy. In counter-terrorism, this can be seen in the combination of coercive counter-terrorism laws and community-based programs for countering violent extremism. In counter-insurgency, it can be seen in the combination of combat operations and civil reconstruction efforts. Keiran's thesis challenged these smart power strategies across different contexts by exploring the dangers and downsides of supplementing coercion with soft power.