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April 2012 News Releases

Washburn professor named Academic Fellow by Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

Bob BeattyRobert Beatty, professor of political science at Washburn University, has been named an Academic Fellow for 2012-13 by The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C. As an FDD Fellow, Beatty 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.

“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,” Beatty said. “It should be useful experience for a course I plan to teach on international terrorism next year and other related academic activities.”

Beatty joined the Washburn faculty in 2000, after earning a doctorate in political science at Arizona State University. He holds a bachelor of science degree in political science from Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., and a master of arts degree in international diplomacy from the University of Kentucky, Lexington.

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 2012 program, which will be conducted at Tel Aviv University, includes lectures by academics, diplomats and military and intelligence officials from Israel, Jordan, India and the United States. The experience will include visits to military bases, border zones and police, customs and immigration facilities to learn the practical side of deterring and defeating terrorists.

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