by Public Relations Office
April 28, 2005
Cedarville, OhioThe Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., recently announced that Dr. Frank Jenista and Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, both Cedarville University faculty members in the department of social sciences and history, have been named Academic Fellows for 2005. Jenista and Moreno-Riaño will travel to Israel at the end of May 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 2005 program, which will be conducted at Tel Aviv University from May 29 to June 8, includes lectures by academics and 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.
Jenista is a professor of international studies and teaches courses in international relations and the history of Asia. He joined the Cedarville University faculty in 2000 following a 25-year career as an American diplomat. Jenista resides in Cedarville.
Moreno-Riaño is an assistant professor of political science as well as a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at the University of Cincinnati. He joined the CU faculty in 1999 and teaches courses on American national government and political theory. He resides in Springfield.
"I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to listen and participate in the exchanges and interactions which we will all have in Israel," Moreno-Riaño said. "It should be useful experience for a course our department is planning to offer on international terrorism and other related academic and scholarly activities."
For more information on FDD or the Academic Fellowship program, please contact Bill McCarthy, director of communications, at 202-207-0190.