The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute based in Washington, D. C., has named AHI Senior Fellow Robert Kraynak an Academic Fellow for 2013–14.  Professor Kraynak, who teaches political science at Colgate University, will travel with a group of thirty American professors to Israel in June 2013 for an intensive study of terrorism and the challenges faced by Western democracies in defeating the international terrorist threat.

The FDD Academic Fellows program sponsors a ten day learning experience for U.S. academics and research professionals to provide them with the latest knowledge about strategies for dealing with terrorism.  The 2013 program will be conducted at Tel Aviv University from June 15 to June 26.  It features lectures by academic specialists, 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 challenges of deterring and defeating terrorism.

Professor Kraynak has taught courses in political theory and American government for over thirty years at Colgate University where he also directs the Center for Freedom and Western Civilization and recently led the Washington D.C. Study Group.

Commenting on his upcoming trip to Israel, Professor Kraynak said: “I am excited about this unique opportunity to participate in courses and field excursions in the state of Israel and to learn lessons about the challenges that all democracies face in dealing with international terrorism.  Certainly, we have been reminded of the importance of these subjects by recent events in the US and around the world, and we need to learn the special challenges that democratic societies face in dealing with threats to their security.  I hope to share the knowledge I gain with my students and colleagues when I return home and when I plan courses and events at Colgate.  It will be an invaluable learning experience.”

For more information on this program, contact Professor Robert Kraynak at or the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Academic Fellows, Campus Programs Coordinator, Dana Murphy at 202-207-0190.