Lorenzo Vidino

George Washington University


Lorenzo Vidino is Director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.

An expert on Islamism in Europe and North America, his research over the past twenty years has focused on the dynamics of jihadist network mobilization in the West, government policies combating radicalization, and the activities of organizations inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood in the West.

He is the author of several books and numerous articles, and his most notable works focus on the Muslim Brotherhood in the West. He has testified before the United States Congress and other parliaments, advised law enforcement officials worldwide, and taught classes at universities in the United States and Europe. He is a regular commentator in various media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, PBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC, Al Jazeera, and Al Arabiya, and a columnist for the Italian newspapers La Repubblica and La Stampa.

In 2016, he was appointed by the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, as the coordinator of the National Commission on Jihadist Radicalisation. He has held positions at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the US Institute of Peace, the RAND Corporation, and the Center for Security Studies (ETH Zurich).

He holds a PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Laws from the Faculty of Law at the University of Milan.

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