Behan earns academic fellowship

Southern Illinois University



Behan earns academic fellowship to study how democracies can defeat terrorism

April 24, 2013

Associate Professor Christopher W. Behan earned an Academic Fellowship with The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies for 2013-2014. Based in Washington, D.C., the non-partisan policy institute’s program gives U.S.-based teaching and research professionals the opportunity to receive “cutting-edge information about defeating terrorist groups,” according to the organization.

“Terrorism remains the greatest threat today to the world’s democracies, including the United States and our allies around the globe,” said Clifford May, the organization’s president.  “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.”

The program will be at Tel Aviv University for 10 days in mid-June. The fellowship will include lectures by academics, military and intelligence officials, and diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India and the U.S. There will also be visits to police, customs and immigration facilities, military bases and border zones “to learn the practical side of deterring and defeating terrorists,” according to the organization.

Behan has been with SIU since 2006. Prior to that, he was on active duty for nearly 11 years with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, including as associate professor with the Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Va.