Michael S. Smith II, Adjunct Faculty
Michael S. Smith II is a terrorism analyst, open source intelligence specialist, and an international consultant in the fields of preventing and countering violent extremism.
An internationally recognized expert on the influence operations of Salafi-Jihadist groups, Mr. Smith’s insights on al-Qa’ida’s and Islamic State’s activities, along with opportunities to more effectively manage threats posed by them have been frequently sought by members of the United States Congress, officials with the Executive Office of the President of the United States, and governments comprising the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh. Mr. Smith’s work assisting policymakers and perspectives on international security issues have been covered extensively by major media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, BBC, NPR, The Associated Press, Reuters, Voice of America,Newsweek, Foreign Policy, Time, Channel 4 (UK), CBC (Canada), France 24, Agence France-Presse, The Times of London, The Guardian, Bloomberg, 9 News Australia, ABC (Australia), El Mundo (Spain), and Corriere della Sera (Italy). For his collaboration with activists who infiltrated Islamic State social media networks to gather information about attack plots and recruitment activities, in 2016, Foreign Policy magazine ranked him among the “Moguls” in its 2016 list of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers,” and Fast Company magazine ranked him 14 on its annual list of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.”
Mr. Smith has published with a diverse mix of influential policy and news publications, including Foreign Affairs, Lawfare, World Politics Review, The Times of London/Sunday Times, CNN.com, FoxNews.com, The Washington Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, and his scholarly work includes a chapter on Islamic State in the Routledge Handbook of International Relations in the Middle East (Taylor & Francis, 2019). Apart from work with the Global Security Studies program, his recent projects have involved providing P/CVE-focused assistive guidance to a government in the Balkans under the auspices of a United States Government-funded initiative, and consulting with the International Spy Museum on the development of an OSINT practitioner simulation.
Mr. Smith received both his MA in Intelligence and Security Studies and GC in Intelligence Analysis from The Citadel.