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Posted on April 12, 2012

Dr. Jeffrey Magers, an assistant professor in the Professional Studies Department at California University of Pennsylvania, has been named a 2012-2013 Academic Fellow by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Under the auspices of the FDD, Magers will travel to Israel May 27 for an intensive course in terrorism studies that focuses on how democracies can defeat the worldwide terrorist threat.

A former police officer and member of the U.S. Army Military Police, Magers teaches in the Master of Science in Legal Studies program, homeland security track, including courses in homeland security, terrorism, intelligence practice and weapons of mass destruction. He also teaches graduate courses in law and criminal conduct, law and police processes, and criminal justice organization and management.

The FDD Academic Fellows program provides a 10-day learning experience for U.S.-based teaching and research professionals to provide them with cutting-edge information about defeating terrorist groups. 

The 2012 program, which will be conducted at Tel Aviv University from May 27-June 6, includes lectures by academics, military and intelligence officials, and diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India and the United States. Participants also will visit police agencies, customs and immigration facilities, military bases, and border zones to learn the practical side of deterring and defeating terrorists.

“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.”