After 9/11, numerous colleges and universities added terrorism and homeland security courses to their curricula. Many professors and graduate students who taught these courses complained of having insufficient access to the top practitioners or the latest research in the field. In response, FDD created the Academic Fellowship program for university professors entitled “Defending Democracy, Defeating Terrorism.”
The program features an intensive, 10-day course on terrorism and the threat it poses to democratic societies. Using Israel as a case study, professors are given access to top researchers and officials who provide cutting-edge information about the terrorist threats to democracies worldwide. The goal of the program is to offer information to teaching professionals about the latest trends in terrorists’ ideologies, motives, and operations, and how democracies can fight them.
The course of study occurs both in the classroom at Tel Aviv University and in the field with lectures by academics, diplomats, military and intelligence officials, and politicians from Israel, Jordan, India and the United States. It also features visits to military bases, border zones and other security installations to learn the practical side of deterring terrorist attacks.
This year’s program runs June 15 – 26, 2013 (travel inclusive). All expenses are paid by FDD.
Deadline for applications is April 5, 2013.
Eligible professors must:
Have a full-time affiliation with a U.S. or Canadian university;
Serve in a teaching capacity, preferably in the fields of international affairs, history, law, political science or criminal justice;
Have an ongoing involvement in student activities.
Accepted professors must be willing to:
Fully participate in the 10-day program in Israel; and
Assist in the recruitment of future candidates for the Academic Fellowship Program.
Interested individuals may send inquiries to email@example.com.