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Tom Copeland named to academic fellowship on terrorism studies


Professor Tom Copeland

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., announces that Dr. Tom Copeland, a professor of political science at Geneva College, has been named an "Academic Fellow" for 2010 - 11. Dr. Copeland will travel to Israel at the beginning of June for an intensive course in terrorism studies, and in particular, how democracies can defeat the worldwide terrorist threat.

"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."

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 2010 program, which will be conducted at Tel Aviv University from May 30 to June 8, 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.

Copeland is an assistant professor of political science at Geneva College in Beaver Falls. He teaches courses on US politics, international relations and national security. He also teaches courses on global terrorism and strategic intelligence. Copeland is the author of Fool Me Twice: Intelligence Failure and Mass Casualty Terrorism (2007, Martinus/Nijhof).

Copeland says, "I am really looking forward to the opportunity to participate in the exchanges which we will have in Israel. The experience of meeting terrorism experts and those on the front lines of fighting terrorism will enrich several of the courses I teach."

Copeland can be reached at 724-847-6621. For more information on the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies or the Academic Fellowship program, please contact Director of Communications Judy Mayka at 202-207-0190.

Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College′s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).