FSU scholar to study terrorism’s threat to democracy

Will Moore

Florida State University Political Science Professor Will Moore is one of about 20 scholars who will learn firsthand what it takes to defend democracy and defeat terrorism as a fellow to the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

As a fellow, Moore will participate in "Defending Democracy, Defeating Terrorism," an intensive, 10-day course on terrorism and the threat it poses to democratic societies. The program is taught in conjunction with Tel Aviv University and takes place in Israel from May 27 through June 7.

"A former Ph.D. student of mine was a fellow two years ago, and he said that the experience provided him with great material for the classroom," Moore said. "I teach both an undergraduate and a master’s level course on terror and will be able to incorporate what I learn into those courses. The fellowship also will enrich my ability to speak on this topic to news media, groups on campus and in the community."

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies is an organization that aims to fight terrorism and promote freedom through research, communications, education and investigative journalism. The goal of the "Defending Democracy, Defeating Terrorism" program is to offer teaching professionals information on a wide variety of terrorism related issues.

The program features lectures by academics, diplomats, military intelligence officials and politicians from Israel, Jordan, India, Turkey and the United States. It also includes visits to military bases, border zones and other security installations to learn the practical side of deterring terrorist attacks.