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Lee Smith


Lee Smith is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He also writes a regular column, “Agents of Influence,” about US foreign policy and the Middle East, for Tablet Magazine. His book The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations was published in January 2010 by Doubleday. Smith has been a guest commentator on radio and television, including CNN, Fox News, and National Public Radio.

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Recent Commentary

Clooney of Arabia

by Lee Smithvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Movie star George Clooney has become engaged to a member of the Druze, a sect whose members have seen their own share of drama.

Protest against Bashar al-Assad

The Consequences of Syria

by Lee Smithvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 12, 2014

The United States's foreign policy in the Middle East will embolden our adversaries and lead to instability all throughout the region. 


The Consequences of Syria

by Lee Smithvia Hoover Press
Sunday, June 1, 2014

Lee Smith analyzes the current US administration’s stance on Syria, questioning whether it will build the foundations of a new Middle East or usher in an era of instability that will affect the entire world.

Analysis and Commentary

The White House Says the Peace Process Is Never Over—But Neither Is the Conflict

by Lee Smithvia Tablet Magazine
Thursday, May 15, 2014


Analysis and Commentary

But Is It Good for the Druze?

by Lee Smithvia
Monday, May 12, 2014