Lina Raafat is a non-resident scholar for the Countering Terrorism and Extremism Program at the Middle East Institute. She previously served as Deputy Research Director at the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST) where she led a $3.4M multi-year project studying the tactics of the violent extremist nexus for online media radicalization and audience susceptibility. She also briefed policy-makers and key stakeholders at the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense on strategic threat messaging by high-impact extremist actors. Lina currently works at the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding focusing on understanding the interlinkages between Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration and preventing extremism conducive to terrorism in Africa. 

M.A in international relations, University of Chicago, specializing in International Security and Regional Studies
Bachelor’s in political science, University of Chicago
Three years of undergraduate studies in political science, Cairo University. 

Issues of Expertise
Terrorism, Insurgency, Militant Propaganda, PCVE, & Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) 

English, Arabic

Contact Information


Twitter Handle: @lina_raafat

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