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Hamas' attack on Israel and the ensuing conflict in the Middle East have heightened tensions worldwide, raising concerns about the security of Jewish, Muslim, and other faith-based communities. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reports an increase in threats against these institutions, with the most likely threat coming from lone offenders motivated by violent ideologies. 


NCITE will explore this issue upcoming virtual presentation featuring Samantha Vinograd, assistant secretary for counterterrorism, threat prevention, and law enforcement policy at DHS. The event will be hosted by NCITE Director Gina Ligon, Ph.D.


  • Samantha Vinograd was previously a CNN national security analyst, a senior advisor at the Biden Institute, and a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. She began her career under President George W. Bush as the Deputy U.S. Treasury Attaché to Iraq, and she subsequently served on President Barack Obama’s National Security Council as director for Iraq, director for international economics, and senior advisor to the National Security Advisor. She later joined Goldman Sachs, where her work focused on building public-private sector partnerships across a broad range of policy and business issues, and she later led global public policy at Stripe. Vinograd has been deeply engaged in social impact work and served as an advisor to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Save the Children, and to the Concordia Summit. She was a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Public Policy Institute, a David E. Rockefeller Fellow at the Trilateral Commission, and a Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council. She was also on the board of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group. She is fluent in French and studied advanced Arabic and Hebrew. She received her B.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University. 


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