Max Smeets

Dr. Max Smeets is a cybersecurity postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). He is also a research associate at the international Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and Research Associate at the Centre for Technology & Global Affairs, University of Oxford.

Max’s current book project focuses on the causes underlying cyber proliferation and restraint. The results of his research are valuable for understanding the likely changes in the future prevalence of ‘offensive cyber capabilities’. It clarifies to what degree this is an ‘inevitable’ development – and if/how it can be stopped.

Max was awarded the annual 2018 Amos Perlmutter Prize of the Journal of Strategic Studies for the most outstanding manuscript submitted for publication by a junior faculty member. In 2015, he also received the Young Writers Award of the German Marshall Fund, for an article written together with George Bogden.

Max was previously a College Lecturer at Keble College, University of Oxford. He has also held research and fellowship positions at New America, Oxford Cyber Studies ProgrammeColumbia University SIPA, Sciences Po CERI, and NATO CCD COE. He holds an undergraduate degree (Interdepartmental Major with Minor in Statistics) from University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University, an M.Phil (Brasenose College) and DPhil (St. John’s College) in International Relations from the University of Oxford.