Lorenzo Vidino, Ph.D., is an academic and security expert who

specializes in Islamism and political violence in Europe and North

merica. Currently a visiting fellow at the Center for Security Studies,

ETH Zurich, and a lecturer at the University of Zurich, he previously

held positions at the RAND Corporation, the Belfer Center for

Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government,

Harvard University, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Fletcher

School of Law and Diplomacy. He has taught at Tufts University,

the University of Maryland (START) and the National Defense


He is the author of two books (his latest, The New Muslim

Brotherhood in the West, was published by Columbia University

Press in the fall of 2010) and frequent articles in several prominent

newspapers (such as The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe…) and academic journals (such as Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, The Washington Quarterly, Terrorism and Political Violence…). He has testified before the U.S. Congress and consults with governments, law firms, think tanks and media in several countries. A native of Milan, Italy, he holds a law degree from the University of Milan Law School and a doctorate in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Dr. Lorenzo Vidino

Director, Program on Extremism, George Washington University, United States

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