Scholar to Assess Progress in the War on Terrorism

Presentation Organized for Professor's Class Will be Open to the Public as Well

April 7, 2009

Dr. Bernard I. Finel, a senior fellow at the American Security Project (ASP) in Washington, D.C., will visit UT Dallas as a guest speaker for an undergraduate class on terrorism to discuss the war on terror.  

Dr. Jennifer Holmes is opening her class to the public so others have the opportunity to hear Finel’s talk, “The War on Terrorism: Whether or Not We are Winning and How to Measure That.” The lecture will be held Tuesday, April 14, from 10 to 11:15 a.m., in ECSS2.412.

“My hope is that the students get a broad perspective of important policy and security challenges facing the country,” said Holmes, associate program head of the International Political Economy program and an associate professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.

Finel directs research on counter-terrorism and defense policy. He is the lead author of ASP’s annual report, “Are We Winning?  Measuring Progress in the Struggle against Violent Jihadism,” which provides empirical data as the foundation of reasoned and principled approach to examine the causes, processes and outcomes associated with violent jihadism. He also produces regular in-depth analyses of current security issues including developments in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and U.S. defense policy. Finel received his Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University.

ASP is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy and research organization dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security issues, promoting debate about the appropriate use of American power and cultivating strategic responses to 21st century challenges.  They are organized around the belief that honest public discussion of national security requires an informed public, one that understands the dangers and opportunities of the 21st-century and the spectrum of available responses.

“Often, instead of getting concrete answers, students leave with new questions and different perspectives. These issues typically don’t involve black and white answers, so I hope that students gain a better framework to assess different policy choices in changing circumstances and according to multiple goals,” said Holmes.

The lecture is free and open to the public. No registration is required.


Media Contacts:  Teala Miller, UT Dallas Office of Media Relations, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu
or the Audrey Glickert, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4320, audrey.glickert@utdallas.edu

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Bernard Finel   Dr. Bernard I. Finel is a senior fellow at the American Security Project, where he directs research on counter-terrorism and defense policy.

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