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Blaise Misztal

Former Fellow

Blaise Misztal was a fellow at Hudson Institute from 2019 through 2020. His research program focused on the Middle East, Europe, and strategic competition.

Before joining Hudson, Misztal served as the Executive Director of the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States, a congressionally mandated project convened by the U.S. Institute of Peace. Prior to that, he was director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s national security program where he managed a team responsible for researching and developing policy recommendations concerning a variety of national security issues, including Iran and its nuclear program, U.S.-Turkey relations, cybersecurity, countering extremism, and state fragility. He has testified before Congress and published widely—including op-eds in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New Republic, and Roll Call. In addition, Misztal wrote and directed the 2009 “Cyber ShockWave” simulation that aired on CNN.

Misztal holds an M.Phil. in political science from Yale and an A.B. with honors from the University of Chicago.

He is a native Polish speaker.

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Blaise Misztal was quoted in Ahval about the long term effectiveness of the Idlib ceasefire.

Blaise Misztal was mentioned in The Hill about what the death of Soleimani could mean for US-Iraq relations.

Blaise Misztal was mentioned in Avhal about the ambiguity of the U.S. mission in Syria.

Blaise Misztal is quoted in Politico on the cost of Trump’s maximum pressure campaign on Iran.

Blaise Misztal is interviewed by Washington Examiner on why ISIS is likely to target Christians during Ramadan offensive.