Lorenzo Vidino is an academic and security expert specialised in Islamism and political violence within Europe and North America. Currently, he directs the Radicalization and International Terrorism Centre at ISPI. He is the Director of the Programme on Extremism at George Washington University. He also worked at ETH Zurich, the RAND Corporation, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. Vidino worked as a lecturer at Tufts University, the University of Maryland (START), the National Defense University and at the University of Zurich.
Dr. Vidino has testified on several occasions before the U.S. Congress and other parliaments; authored six books; and advised law enforcement officials around the world. He regularly provides commentary to diverse media outlets (including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, PBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC, Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya...) and is a columnist for the Italian daily La Stampa.
In 2016, he was appointed by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as Coordinator of the National Commission on Jihadist Radicalization. He undertook his law degree at the University of Milan Law School and holds a Ph.D. in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.