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Lee Smith

Senior Fellow

Lee Smith is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute. Smith has led an impressive career in writing and publishing. He has worked at a number of journals, magazines and publishers, including the Hudson Review, the Ecco Press, Atheneum, Grand Street, GQ, and Talk Magazine. He is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard. He was also editor-in-chief of the Voice Literary Supplement, the Village Voice‘s national monthly literary magazine.

Smith has been a guest on radio and television, including Fox News, and National Public Radio. He is a prolific writer, contributing articles on Arab and Islamic affairs to, among other publications, the New York Times, the New Republic, the Weekly Standard,, the Boston Globe, and Wired. His book on Arab societies, The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations, was published by Doubleday in January 2010.

Smith has a B.A. from George Washington University, where he received awards in English and Latin. 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. He knows Spanish, Arabic, French, and Latin.

Is Lebanon Saudi Arabia's New Zone of Confrontation with Iran? November 20th Event

The Fate of the Iran Deal: Trump’s Strategy for the Middle East October 13th Event

Iran's Land Bridge: Countering a Growing Influence in the Middle East September 29th Event

The Trump Administration and the Middle East: What Should America Do Next? September 25th Event

Six Days of Fire: Israel and the June 1967 War, Fifty Years On June 2 Event

Western Policy Toward the Syria Crisis: Looking Forward May 11th Event

The American Moment in the Middle East--from Eisenhower to Trump November 21st Event

The Future of North Africa—Reports from Libya, Tunisia, and Morocco June 29th Event

The Syrian War, Five Years On March 29th Event

The Syrian War and Terror in Europe December 2nd Event

Does Putin’s Move on Syria Make Russia the New Middle East Power Broker? September 29th event

Can Iran Inspect Itself?: IAEA Side Agreements and the Iran Nuclear Deal September 11th Event

Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future June 19th Event

The Consequences of the Emerging American-Iranian Nuclear Deal May 26th Event

What's Wrong with the Proposed Nuclear Deal with Iran? April 24 Event

How Should the U.S. Roll Back and Defeat the Islamic State? March 19th Event

The Future of the Middle East: Regional Scenarios Beyond the Obama Years December 9th Event

Weighing the Costs and Benefits of a Prospective U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal November 19th Event

Can the Obama Administration’s ISIS Strategy Work? October 17th Event

Does the Obama Administration Have a Middle East Policy? March 11th Panel Discussion

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia: Is a 70-Year Strategic Alliance on the Rocks?

The U.S.-Israel Relationship: Twenty Years after Oslo

Egypt, Its Revolution and Future: How Should the U.S. Respond?