The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., has named Caitlin Carenen, assistant professor of history, an "Academic Fellow" for 2012-13. Carenen will travel to Israel at the end of May for an intensive course in terrorism studies, and in particular, how democracies can defeat the worldwide terrorist threat.
The FDD Academic Fellows program provides a 10-day learning experience for U.S.-based teaching and research professionals to provide them with cutting edge information about defeating terrorist groups. The program, which will be conducted at Tel Aviv University from May 27 to June 6, includes lectures by academics and military and intelligence officials, as well as diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India and the United States. It also includes "hands on" experience through visits to police, customs and immigration facilities; military bases; and border zones to learn the practical side of deterring and defeating terrorists.
Carenen also has just published a highly-acclaimed book, "The Fervent Embrace: Liberal Protestants, Evangelicals, and Israel." Frank Castigliola, professor of history at the University of Connecticut, said the book is "Deeply researched, insightful, and sharply focused. 'The Fervent Embrace' appears at a time when foreign/international relations history is waking up to the crucial importance of religion in shaping policy." Stephen Spector, professor of English at Stony Brook University, agrees: "The Fervent Embrace is the product of remarkable research and shows a commendable mastery and balance. A welcome contribution."