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Assistant Professor of Politics Named Academic Fellow, to Study Terrorism in Israel

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Posted: Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

April 24, 2013

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., announced that Dr. Jason R. Jividen, assistant professor of politics at Saint Vincent College in the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government, has been named an academic fellow for 2013-14 and will travel to Israel in June for an intensive course in terrorism studies, and in particular, how democracies can defeat the worldwide terrorist threat.

“Terrorism remains 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.”

The FDD Academic Fellows program provides a 10-day learning experience to U.S.-based teaching and research professionals to provide them with cutting edge information about defeating terrorist groups. The 2013 program, which will be conducted at Tel Aviv University from June 16 to 25 includes lectures by academics, 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.

Jividen commented, “I’m looking forward to participating in this valuable program. It seems to me the program is quite right to consider not only how democracy ought to be defended, but why it’s worthy of defending. Among the many things offered by the program, the serious and thoughtful discussion of ideas is quite attractive. I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

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Photo: Dr. Jason R. Jividen 

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