Mikhael Smits is a research analyst at FDD’s Center on Military and Political Power where his work concentrates on national security strategy, great power competition, and human rights.
Concurrent with his work at FDD, Mikhael is a Public Interest Fellow studying political theory and the American founding. He was a 2019 Policy Scholar at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, where he earned a certificate in Applied Religion and Public Policy.
Prior to joining FDD, Mikhael worked in the war room of the Washington Free Beacon and in the chambers of Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University’s Department of Politics where he received the Stephen Whelan ’68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought. At Princeton, he received certificates from the programs in History and the Practice of Diplomacy, Values and Public Life, and Near Eastern Studies.
He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2017 after living in Turkey, France, and Israel.