Luigi Sergio Germani is director of the Gino Germani Institute of Social Sciences and Strategic Studies, a nonprofit educational and research think tank in Rome, Italy that was established in 1981. Prof. Germani’s areas of specialization include Russian and post-Soviet politics and security issues, European and Italian security policies, the role of intelligence in national security policymaking, transnational organized crime, terrorism, disinformation, and information warfare. He has published many analytical papers and studies on these subjects, and has edited or co-edited several books, including: “L’Intelligence nel XXI Secolo” (2001); “New Frontiers of Intelligence Analysis” (2005); “Pathways out of Terrorism and Insurgency” (2005); “Le nuove minacce provenienti da cyberspazio alla sicurezza nazionale italiana” (2011); “La sfida della cyber-intelligence al sistema-Italia” (2012); “I fondamentalismi religiosi nel mondo contemporaneo” (2014); and “Disinformazione e manipolazione delle percezioni: una nuova minaccia al sistema-paese” (2017). Prof. Germani was previously academic director of the Master’s Program on Intelligence and Security Studies at Link Campus University, and currently coordinates conferences and courses on national security issues in Rome. He holds degrees in political science from the University of Bologna and in social sciences from the Gregorian University in Rome, and studied international relations at the Johns Hopkins Bologna Center.