Dr. Lorenzo Vidino

Senior Policy Advisor


Lorenzo Vidino is currently the Director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Centre for Cyber & Homeland Security. Lorenzo leads EFD’s radicalisation series where he regularly chairs briefings with European policymakers about the latest security threats from Islamist groups. Lorenzo regularly advises governments on Islamism including representatives of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. He has previously held positions at the RAND Corporation, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Center for Security Studies in Zurich.
MA & PhD, International Relations, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (United States) • JD, University of Milan (Italy)
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Analysis & Events


London conference calls for challenging organisations using Islam for their political goals

Dr Lorenzo Vidino, EFD Senior Policy Advisor and Director of the Program on Extremism at the George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, provided a telling example from Italy where government is putting sufficient resources into counter-extremism but that these a focussed on a hard approach to punish suspects


Cia Chief: ISIS terror attempt is ‘inevitable’

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino is quoted by WWLP as explaining why ISIS has not launched a major terrorist attack in America so far. “Partially it is geography, the distance between here and Syria and Iraq, the fact that you have a very small number of Americans who are a part of ISIS, while in Europe you have thousands of individuals”, Vidino explains.


The Genocidal Threat of Homegrown Jihadism in America

Online media and political analysis website Observer writes about the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism in the United States, co-founded by EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino in June 2015. The article discusses the impetus for its founding and what makes it distinguishable from other similar programmes, such as the need for more nuanced conversation on homegrown violent extremism, rather than black and white generalisations.


Call to battle rallies misfits to ISIS cause

US-based media website TribLIVE writes about the so-called Islamic State and the challenge that it poses to America in comparison to threats faced by the US in the past, including conventional adversaries and non-conventional threats like al-Qaida. Vidino is quoted for his expertise in examining the dangerous ideology of the Islamic State and for his views on what separates this from previous threats, highlighting that this factor makes it one of the most dangerous threats that America has ever faced.

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