Matteo C.E. Vaccani is a researcher working on the Global Terrorism Database (GTD). Originally from Italy, Mr. Vaccani is currently an M.A. Candidate and Strategic Studies concentrator at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also graduated Summa cum laude from the prestigious Bocconi University in Milan, Italy with a B.A. in Economics of International Institutions, defending a dissertation concerning the political and economic implications of the development of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP).

In 2006, Mr. Vaccani worked at the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) in Milan, Italy, focusing on EU energy security and critical infrastructure disruption risks, and publishing a policy brief. Prior to that, he worked at the Italian Diplomatic Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, Austria in the aftermath of Ukraineís Orange Revolution. Here, he covered security issues concerning Ukraine and the Caucasus region, and was involved in negotiations leading to the launch of the OSCE Training Assistance Program (TAP) for Georgian Border Guards in 2005.

His research has recently focused on al-Qa`idaís quest for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) capabilities and the evolution of the groupís financing after 9/11, non-state Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) proliferation risks stemming from FSU countries, the current Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), and asymmetric threats to energy security.