DSU professor in Israel to study terrorism threat

Associated Press

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A Dickinson State University professor is in Israel this month for an intensive course in terrorism studies and how democracies can defeat the worldwide terrorist threat.

Dr. David Meier, chair of DSU's social sciences department, has been named an academic fellow for 2011-2012. The fellowship is from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Foundation president Clifford May says terrorism is the greatest threat to the world's democracies, including the United States. He says winning the war against terrorism will take promoting democracy and defeating the totalitarian ideologies that drive and justify terrorism.

The 2011 program is at Tel Aviv University from June 11-22. It includes lectures by academics, military and intelligence officials and diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India and the U.S.