In March 2009, Dr. Sam Souryal was named an "Academic Fellow" for 2009-2010 by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C. The FDD believes that by providing teaching professionals with access to the best information available on terrorism, it will be able to better inform the future leaders of our country about this issue. In addition, the FDD hopes that Dr. Souryal will then be able to serve as an expert resource on terrorism issues on campus and in the community. Dr. Souryal also believes that this fellowship will expose him to a unique view on the threat of terrorism to global democracy, on the chances of resolving the Arab-Israeli tension, and on presenting the United States' role as a more peace-loving country that can make the world a better place to live in.
Upon his return, Dr. Souryal will make a brief presentation to interested faculty, staff, and students on the lessons he learned during the course of his fellowship. Dr. Souryal stated that he is so thrilled to be selected to receive this honor, and he will faithfully apply what he has learned in his classes, in his neighborhood, and in society at large.