Jeff Fiorito

Jeff Fiorito


Retired from the US Army after 20 years of service, Jeff spent the majority of his military career in Special Forces training and advising US and foreign military personnel. A veteran of Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars, his last assignment was as an advisor to the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan in Kabul.

In his civilian career, Jeff has spent twelve years with international consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, headquartered in McLean, Virginia. His primary business focus is international program management, advising government clients regarding military training and procurement policy and management.

Jeff holds Bachelor’s of Government from Campbell University in North Carolina, a Master’s of International Service from American University in Washington, DC, and a Graduate Certificate of Project Management from Georgetown University, also in Washington, DC.

Thesis title: Countering the Crime – Terror Nexus: Do international intervention policies designed to control the narcotics trade enhance or impede government efforts against terrorism?

Supervisors: Dr Peter Lehr and Dr Roddy Brett

Thesis Summary: The crime – terror nexus of narcotics traffickers and violent non-state actors is a phenomenon that has been discussed for several decades. While there exists widespread agreement that these two types of organizations share similar characteristics and cooperate, there is a great deal of disagreement regarding strategies to combat these two when they occur simultaneously.

The aim of this study will be to bring current data and lessons learned from narcotics funded terrorism.  Using Colombia’s recent peace process with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People’s Army (Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia—Ejército del Pueblo, FARC–EP) as a case study to explore the effects of the international intervention policies in this region, I plan to update and extend existing research through interviews with anti-narcotic and military practitioners. Through this research I will analyze the effects of international counternarcotics intervention policies on military efforts against violent extremism, and will draw conclusions regarding the effects of the current policies relative to both sets of goals.



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2018 Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism & Political Violence (CSTPV) Graduate Conference: “Contemporary Issues in Terrorism Studies.”

Presentation title: “Does the demobilization of the FARC-EP provide the unfortunate opportunity for the rise of right-wing paramilitaries in Colombia?”

Jeff has held several adjunct faculty positions: Assistant Lecturer at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC; Lecturer at University of Maryland University College in Kabul, Afghanistan; and Visiting Instructor at School of the Americas – later renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation – at Fort Benning, Georgia. He has also worked as an Academic Management Specialist at the Scoala de Maistri Militari si Subofiteri (Military Academy of NCOs & Warrant Officers) in Pitesti, Romania.