Terrorism Expert to Speak on Islamic Fundamentalism

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio-Terrorism became entirely too personal to Zakaria Fellah on December 7, 1993. On that day his father, the Algerian ambassador to Iran, was gunned down by the Algerian Armed Islamic Group. The act was in apparent retribution for the elder Fellah's breaking of Algerian relations with Iran and his advocacy of human rights and democracy.

Fellah took political asylum in the U.S. following his father's murder and began working at the United Nations (UN). For more than a decade, he served the UN in the fields of economic development, peacekeeping, and humanitarian assistance, primarily in Africa and Latin America. Last year, he resigned his position as spokesman with the UN mission in Côte d'Ivoire over his objections to what he saw as rampant corruption and incompetence within the peacekeeping forces. Fellah is now a consultant and anti-terrorism activist based in New York.

Considered an expert on Islamic fundamentalism, Fellah will speak on this topic on Thursday, March 30 at Cedarville University. His presentation, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Dixon Ministry Center Room 153. Fellah's visit which is sponsored by the Center for Political Studies at Cedarville University (www.cedarville.edu/cps) will also be webcast. The Center was founded to articulate a biblical view of government through the study of politics, law, history, and public policy. From this foundation, the Center designs innovative programs for Cedarville students, faculty, and its broader constituency so that they may engage the broader culture.

For more information about Fellah's lecture, call the University public relations office at 937-766-4159.