Professor Ryan Mauro is the Shillman Fellow and National Security Analyst for the Clarion Project, a non-profit educational organization that focuses on the threat of Islamic extremism and promotes voices of modernity and tolerance within the Muslim world. At Clarion, he spearheads the Clarion Intelligence Network, which trains and provides intelligence to counter-terrorism and counter-extremism personnel across the country.
He is also an adjunct professor of counter-terrorism for Liberty and Regent Universities.
Mauro is also an advisor and consultant to various government agencies, policy-makers and political campaigns, including presidential campaigns, from both political parties. He has provided a wealth of intelligence to authorities on suspected Islamist threats, as well as non-Islamist threats, including ones directed towards Muslims. He frequently educates members of federal agencies and congressional staffers.
He has made over 2,000 appearances on international radio and TV programs and is frequently published and quoted in outlets like the Washington Post, USA Today, The Hill, Roll Call, FoxNews.com and the Daily Caller.
Mauro was originally hired as an international security/intelligence analyst at age 16 for a maritime protection company. His research led to two speaking engagements at the International Intelligence Summit, billed as the most prestigious conference of its kind, before he was 20 years old. The event’s material, including Mauro’s bio, was found inside Osama Bin Laden’s Pakistan compound.
Before joining Clarion Project, Mauro was a freelance researcher and writer on national security and political issues and a ghostwriter for authors covering those topics. He was also a volunteer researcher for the U.S.-based Reform Party of Syria, a secular-democratic organization opposed to the Assad regime and his Islamist opponents.
He also served as a strategic analyst for the Wikistrat geopolitical and business consultancy and an intelligence analyst and director of the Asymmetric Warfare and Intelligence Center. His research trips include Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel.
Mauro has a Bachelor’s Degree in Intelligence Studies, Master’s in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in Middle East Studies, all from American Military University.
In November 2015, Mauro received an Islamic Studies Certificate from a radical online school whose leader is based in Qatar and accused of having links to terrorism. This gave Mauro an education in the Islamist ideology.
He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security specialization.
Mauro’s personal website is RyanMauro.com.