Marion Smith | Victims of Communism

Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

Marion Smith

Executive Director

Marion Smith is a civil-society leader, expert in international affairs and has been Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation since March 2014. As Executive Director, he provides strategic leadership for VOC and spearheads its educational initiatives.

In addition to his work at VOC, Smith is also founding president of the Common Sense Society, an international foundation that promotes civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and leadership virtues among young professionals in the United States and Europe.

Smith is a native of South Carolina, where his ancestors fought as both Patriots and Tories during the American War of Independence. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wofford College with a bachelor of arts degree in Government & History. He has studied in England, France, The Netherlands, and Hungary, where he received a masters’ degree in International Relations from Central European University. He is chairman of the National Civic Art Society and was previously a visiting fellow at the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation.

Smith’s research focuses on the role of ideas in American foreign policy, U.S. diplomatic and military history, and on the future of transatlantic security cooperation.

His articles have appeared in various publications, including USA Today,, The Hill, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, and The Weekly Standard.

Publications by Marion Smith

February 14th, 2017

CHINA Foreign Passports Offer Little Protection for China’s Elite Ben Bland, FINANCIAL TIMES Like many wealthy Chinese businesspeople seeking an insurance policy against their capricious if often profitable political system, Xiao Jianhua acquired foreign citizenship. But if the billionaire investor thought that having Canadian citizenship and a diplomatic passport from Antigua and Barbuda would protect […]

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February 13th, 2017

CAMBODIA Top Opposition Leader in Cambodia Resigns as Election Nears Julia Wallace, THE NEW YORK TIMES The embattled leader of Cambodia’s main opposition party abruptly quit on Saturday in the face of increasing government pressure, ceding a political stage he had occupied for more than two decades. As the head of three liberal-leaning political parties […]

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February 10th, 2017

CHINA Backing Away from a Fight, Trump to Honor One-China Policy Simon Denyer and Philip Rucker, THE WASHINGTON POST President Trump just backed down from what could have been a serious fight with China. On Thursday evening in Washington, he appeared to shy away from confrontation with Beijing by agreeing to honor the one-China policy, […]

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February 9th, 2017

CHINA Call Me, Maybe? Trump Reaches Out to China’s President in a Letter Simon Denyer, THE WASHINGTON POST The White House has issued a statement saying President Trump “provided a letter” to Xi Jinping on Wednesday, thanking the Chinese leader for a congratulatory note he had sent on the US president’s inauguration. The letter wishing […]

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February 8th, 2017

CHINA A Top Chinese Judge Is Calling Trump a “Bully” and Schooling Him on What the Law Is About Charlie Campbell, TIME The US president is an “enemy of the rule of law,” according to a top Chinese judge, reacting to Trump’s verbal attacks on an American judge who blocked his controversial travel ban last […]

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February 7th, 2017

ALBANIA Election Interests Bind Albania’s Feuding Parties Together Fatjona Mejdini, BALKAN INSIGHT A number of heated verbal exchanges have rocked relations between the ruling Socialist Party of Albania, led by Prime Minister Edi Rama, and its partner in government, the Socialist Movement for Integration, LSI, led by Ilir Meta, raising question about the coalition’s survival. […]

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February 6th, 2017

CHINA China’s Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter John Markoff and Matthew Rosenberg, THE NEW YORK TIMES The United States no longer has a strategic monopoly on A.I. technology, which is widely seen as the key factor in the next generation of warfare. The Pentagon’s plan to bring A.I. to the military is taking shape as Chinese […]

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February 3rd, 2017

CHINA Why Foreign Companies Are Shutting Shop in China Jane Li, CNBC US-based Seagate, the world’s biggest maker of hard disk drives, closed its factory in Suzhou near Shanghai last month with the loss of 2,000 jobs, in a move that has rekindled fears that China is becoming increasingly hostile towards foreign firms operating in […]

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February 2nd, 2017

CHINA A China of Citizens Andrew J. Nathan, FOREIGN AFFAIRS There have been many attempts at democratic change in China, but the most creative approach to dissent, however, was perhaps that of a young lawyer, Xu Zhiyong. In 2013, Xu was arrested and later sentenced to four years in prison for his role in leading […]

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February 1st, 2017

CUBA Florida Governor Opposes Deals Between State’s Ports and Cuba Erica E. Philips and Ariana Campo-Flores, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Florida Gov. Rick Scott threatened in his proposed budget to cut off funding for improvements at the state’s ports if they pursued deeper trade ties with Cuba. The budget bars $177 million in seaport funding […]

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