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Campus Programs

Combating Terrorism Through Education

Academic Fellowships

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 featured an intensive, 10-day course on terrorism and the threat it poses to democratic societies. Using Israel as a case study, professors were given access to top researchers and officials who provide cutting-edge information about the terrorist threats to democracies worldwide. The goal of the program was 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 occurred 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 featured visits to military bases, border zones and other security installations to learn the practical side of deterring terrorist attacks.

There will be no Academic Fellowship Program for 2014 - 2015.