Associate Professor Michael Shires
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Pepperdine's Michael Shires Named to Academic Fellowship in Terrorism Studies
May 24, 2013 09:00 AM
The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., announced that Dr. Michael Shires, associate professor at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy, has been named an "Academic Fellow" for 2013-2014. Shires will travel to Israel in June for an intensive course in terrorism studies, and in particular, how democracies can defeat the worldwide terrorist threat.
"Terrorism remains 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."
Shires is the current Chairman of the Committee of Institutional Representatives for APPAM and also serves on the Association's Policy Council. Shires is an associate professor at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. He teaches courses on policy analysis, economics, and policy strategy. He also teaches courses on disaster preparation and relief, as well as education policy.
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 2013 program, which will be conducted at Tel Aviv University from June 16 to June 25, includes lectures by academics, and military and intelligence officials, as well as diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India, and the United States. It also includes "hands on" experience through visits to police, customs, and immigration facilities, military bases, and border zones to learn the practical side of deterring and defeating terrorists.
Shires said, "Countering terrorism is an ever-present and growing responsibility of all levels of government. I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity to share and interact with our colleagues and officials in Israel. The experiences and insights gleaned will become part of my core course in the fall as we apply them to the realities of public policy in this unique modern age. The threat of terrorism has redefined both our global and domestic policy landscapes and this opportunity will help Pepperdine to remain at the forefront of this important policy debate."