Written by Dwight Bachman
Willimantic, Conn: - 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 at Eastern Connecticut State University, an "Academic Fellow" for 2012-13.
Carenen, who teaches courses on American history, foreign policy, terrorism and religion and a course on the history of U.S.-Middle East relations, 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, which will be conducted at Tel Aviv University, provides a 10-day learning experience from May 27 to June 6 for U.S.-based teaching and research professionals to provide them with cutting edge information about defeating terrorist groups.
"Terrorism is the greatest threat today to the world's democracies, including the United States and our allies around the globe," said Clifford May, president of FDD. "To win the war against terrorism, we must win the war of ideas by promoting democracy and defeating the totalitarian ideologies that drive and justify terrorism."
"I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about how Israel and other countries work to counter terrorism," said Carenen. "The ability to meet with diplomats, counter-terrorism experts and academics interested in the subject is enormously exciting. It should offer useful material for courses I teach on terrorism as well as provide excellent research material for my second book project on popular and policy responses to terrorism."
The 2012 program 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.
For more information on the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies or the Academic Fellowship program, contact Dana Murphy, Campus Programs Coordinator, at (202) 207-0190.