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Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
May 1, 2007
DeKalb, Ill. — Christopher Jones, chair of political science at Northern Illinois University, will travel to Israel late this month with about 40 leading U.S. academics for an intensive 10-day program providing a window into how the country combats terrorism.
Jones is a U.S. foreign policy and national security specialist. He learned earlier this month that he was accepted as an Academic Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) in Washington, D.C.
As an FDD Fellow, he will participate in the educational trip to Israel focusing on the threat of terrorism to democracy. Taught in conjunction with Tel Aviv University, the course of study takes place in the classroom and in the field with lectures by academics, diplomats, military and intelligence officials, and politicians from Israel, Jordan, India, Turkey and the United States.
Fellows also will visit military bases, border zones and other security installations to learn the practical side of deterring terrorist attacks. The goal of the program is to offer information to teaching professionals about the latest trends in terrorists’ ideologies, motives and operations.
“There’s an academic component to the program but also a component where we will be exposed to practitioners,” Jones said. “The Israelis are viewed as being on the cutting-edge of global anti-terrorism and counterterrorism methods.”
He said his students in political science will benefit as well.
“This opportunity provides a good way to add fresh practical information into the national security and foreign policy courses that I teach at NIU,” Jones said. “Students appreciate it when you can tell them what’s happening on the ground. And the experience will create a basis for comparative analysis between U.S. and Israeli counterterrorism activities.”
FDD is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank that seeks to educate Americans about the terrorist threat to democracies worldwide.