Max Smeets

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Max Smeets is a fellow in New America's Cybersecurity Initiative. He is a cybersecurity fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and holds a DPhil in international relations from the University of Oxford, St. John’s College. Smeets' current book project focuses on the causes underlying cyber proliferation and restraint. The results of this research are valuable for understanding the likely changes in the future prevalence of cyber weapons. It clarifies to what degree this is an ‘inevitable’ development—and if/how it can be stopped.

Smeets was a college lecturer in politics at Keble College, University of Oxford, and research affiliate of the Oxford Cyber Studies Programme. He was also a Carnegie visiting scholar at Columbia University SIPA and a doctoral visiting scholar at Sciences Po CERI. He holds an undergraduate degree from University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University, and an M.Phil in international relations from the University of Oxford, Brasenose College.  Smeets has a diverse professional background, having worked for financial, political, and non-governmental organizations.

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