Mike Smeltzer

Senior Research Analyst, Europe and Eurasia

Mike Smeltzer is the Senior Research Analyst for Nations in Transit, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance from Central Europe to Eurasia. He serves as an expert on developments in the post-Soviet space in the Nations in Transit survey region. Prior to joining Freedom House, Mike’s professional experience included stints in both the non-profit and higher education sectors, where he worked in operational and research capacities. He holds a master’s degree in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies from Harvard University and a B.A. in Russian language and philosophy from St. Olaf College.

Featured Reports

 Nations in Transit

Nations in Transit 2023: War Deepens a Regional Divide

Nations in Transit 2022: From Democratic Decline to Authoritarian Aggression