2019 ISIS video featuring Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi distributed via Nashir News Telegram accounts.
Terrorism Analyst & International P/CVE Consultant


Mike Smith is an internationally recognized expert on the influence operations of Salafi-Jihadist groups like al-Qa'ida and Islamic State (ISIS). Information about his work in the fields of terrorism research and analysis, and as a preventing and countering violent extremism consultant is located on the About page.

Contents of Michael S. Smith II's research archive featured in October 2017 Senate hearing.
Michael S. Smith II

Mike’s insights on threats posed by terrorist groups, and opportunities to counter them have been regularly sought by policymakers in the US and in allied governments. In October 2017, he provided expert testimony during the high-profile Senate hearing focused on terrorists’ and Russia’s online influence operations.

Comments made by Michael S. Smith II during an October 2017 Senate hearing.

Mike is also an open source intelligence (OSINT) specialist, and a lecturer at one of the world's leading universities. As a Teaching Fellow with Johns Hopkins University's Global Security Studies program, he teaches graduate courses examining the OSINT discipline, and its utility in conflict, politics and scholarship.

Previously unpublished photo of Saif al-Adl provided to The New York Times by Michael S. Smith II.

His work has been covered extensively by major media, including, among others, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, BBC, NPR, AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, Voice of America, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, Time, CBC, France 24, AFP, The Times of London, 9 News Australia, and ABC (Australia).


In 2016, for his collaboration with hactivists who infiltrated ISIS's social media networks, Foreign Policy magazine listed Mike among the "Moguls" in its annual list of 100 Leading Global Thinkers, and Fast Company magazine ranked him 14 on its annual list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.