Rida Lyammouri is an independent security consultant focusing on the North Africa and Sahel regions. He is currently working on countering violent extremism projects in Mali, Niger, and Morocco. He has extensive experience on security, economic, political, and social issues in the region, and has coordinated projects supporting United States Government agencies. He has researched and written more than 200 reports for specific use by the Office of Transition Initiative (OTI), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Defense, and other government agencies. He holds a Master of Public Policy with National Security emphasis from the School of Public Policy, International Affairs, and Government at George Mason University.