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12 April 2005

Professor Lemmons Named to Academic Fellowship in Terrorism Studies

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., has announced that Dr. Russel Lemmons, Jacksonville State University professor of history, has been named an Academic Fellow for 2005. Dr. Lemmons will travel to Israel at the end of May for an intensive course in terrorism studies and 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 2005 program, which will be conducted at Tel Aviv University from May 29th to June 8th, includes lectures by academics, military and intelligence officials, as well as diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India, Turkey, 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, please go to or contact Bill McCarthy, director of communications, at 202-207-0190.

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