Professor selected for terrorism seminar in Israel

Posted March 02, 2012

Dr. Neal Coates, professor and chair of the ACU Department of Political Science, has been selected to join 30 university teachers from the U.S. and Canada in a unique summer learning experience in Israel.

Coates was chosen by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies for its annual Academic Fellowship program for university professors, “Defending Democracy, Defeating Terrorism.” Participants come from the fields of international affairs, history, law, political science and criminal justice.

The 10-day program at Tel Aviv University, scheduled to take place May 27 - June 6, will be an intensive course on the threat terrorism poses to democratic societies and how democracies can and should respond. Using Israel as a case study, professors will hear from top researchers who provide cutting-edge information about terrorist threats to free countries worldwide, including the latest trends in terrorists’ operations and motivations.  Lectures will also be led by academics, diplomats, military and intelligence officials, and by politicians from Israel, Jordan, India and the United States. Beyond the many opportunities to hear from experts, seminar participants will visit military bases, border zones and other security installations.

"We have a variety of courses in our department that focus on the politics of the Middle East," says Dr. Coates. "We also feature courses on American foreign policy and on Terrorism Studies, so this opportunity to see firsthand what is being done in Israel to fight terrorism will be tremendously valuable for me as a teacher.

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies is a non-partisan institution based in Washington, D.C. The FDD was founded by a group of former U.S. officials and philanthropists shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, with the goal of helping free nations defend themselves.

For more information, contact Dr. Neal Coates, Chair, Department of Political Science, at 674-2917.