CSU’s Dolan Completes Fellowship Study on Terrorism

Dolan in IsraelCOLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University political science professor Tom Dolan participated in a June 11-22 program focused on the threat of terrorism to democracy.

As a 2011-2012 Academic Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Dolan traveled to Israel for an intensive series of lectures by academics, diplomats and military officials from India, Israel, Jordan, Turkey and the United States, as well as field trips to military, police and immigration facilities throughout Israel.

The studies included emerging technologies of terrorist organizations.

“In addition to coursework at Tel Aviv University on topics such as ‘The Contemporary Jihadi/Salafi Movement: Religious Origins and the Role of Jurisprudence’ and ‘The Arab Spring and the Implications of a Poly-Nuclear Middle East,’ I visited training events with many elite units of the Israeli Defense Forces and National Police Force,” said Dolan, chair of the Department of Political Science and MPA Program. “I will apply some of this training to courses  – American Defense Policy (POLS 4177) and National Security Policy (POLS 7177) – I’ll teach in the fall semester.”

FDD is a Washington-based non-profit, non-partisan think tank that seeks to educate Americans about the terrorist threat to democracies worldwide. The organization also produces independent analyses of global terrorist threats that explore the historical, cultural, philosophical and ideological factors that drive terrorism and threaten the individual freedoms guaranteed within democratic societies. 

Dolan, who earned his master's degree in national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., was a Naval flight officer and also served in Army and Air Force commands. 

This month, he is directing a CSU Study Abroad course on “Islam in Europe“ in Oxford, England.

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Photo:  Tom Dolan in Jerusalem’s Old Quarter with the Dome of the Rock, a landmark mosque, behind him.