Lorenzo Vidino, Ph.D., is an academic and security expert who specializes in Islamism and political violence in Europe and North America. Since April 2015 he is the director of the Program on Extremism at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University. He has held positions at the Center for Security Studies (ETH Zurich), the RAND Corporation, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University), and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has taught at Tufts University, the University of Maryland (START), the National Defense University and the University of Zurich. He is the author of several books 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.