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Lee Smith

Senior Fellow

Lee Smith is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute. Smith is the media columnist for Tablet Magazine and contributes regularly to a wide range of publications—the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Real Clear Investigations and the Federalist. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, including Fox News, CNN, France 24, Al Hurra, and National Public Radio.

His book on Arab societies, The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations, was published by Doubleday in 2010. Smith’s most recent book book, The Consequences of Syria, was published in 2014.

Smith has a B.A. from George Washington University. He received the Sage Graduate School Fellowship at Cornell University, and studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo and Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut.

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Lee Smith quoted by The New York Post on Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election

Lee Smith quoted in VOA Persia on Iran’s new feeling of empowerment in the region

John Lee quoted in Politico on the GOP candidates’ China strategies

Hudson’s event on Turkey, the Kurds, and the Middle East written up in Rudaw

Lee Smith quoted in Reuters and Wall Street Journal on his encounters with U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff

Lee Smith quoted in Jewish News Service on how ISIS gets its money

Lee Smith and Ann Marlowe quoted in Wall Street Journal on their experiences with kidnapped American reporter Steven Sotloff

Lee Smith quoted in Deutsche Welle (Germany) on the Obama administration’s Middle East policy

Lee Smith quoted in Washington Free Beacon on Rand Paul’s criticism of Obama’s Syrian policy