Terrorism Expert Available at Western Illinois University

MACOMB, IL — Western Illinois University's Homeland Security Research Program Director Dean Alexander is available for interviews regarding the Manchester bombing and its implications internationally, including in the United States.

Alexander is a professor in Western's School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) and teaches LEJA and homeland security courses. He also conducts homeland security-related research, writes articles for security publications and presents at international conferences on a regular basis. He also co-authored the book, "The Islamic State: Combating the Caliphate Without Borders," (Lexington, 2015). wiu.edu/news/newsrelease.php?release_id=12738

Alexander has published extensively on terrorism, foreign fighters and law enforcement responses, including:

“Combating Terror Threats Against Police,” HS Today, May 3, 2017,



“Lessons Learned from the 2016 Berlin Truck Attack,” HS Today, January 9, 2017.



“The Bastille Day Attack and Islamic State’s Global Tentacles,” Security Magazine, July 18, 2016.



“The threat of foreign terrorist fighters and Turkey’s efforts to combat them,” Jerusalem Post, May 3, 2016. jpost.com/Opinion/The-threat-of-foreign-terrorist-fighters-and-Turkeys-efforts-to-combat-them-453007

“Paris attacks and ISIS in the family,” State Journal-Register, Nov. 20, 2015. m.sj-r.com/article/20151120/OPINION/151129973/13312/OPINION

"Brussels attacks indicative of jihadist threats facing the United States,” Security Magazine, Mar. 24, 2016. securitymagazine.com/articles/87032-brussels-attacks-indicative-of-jihadist-threats-facing-the-united-states

"Islamic State’s lure to foreign women," The Jerusalem Post, Dec. 20, 2015. jpost.com/Opinion/Islamic-States-lure-to-foreign-women-437896

Local police have a role in stopping Islamic State," State Journal-Register, July 9, 2016.  sj-r.com/article/20150709/OPINION/150709522

More information about Alexander's background is available on his WIU faculty webpage wiu.edu/coehs/leja/faculty_staff/alexander.php. For more information, contact Alexander at DC-[email protected] or University Relations at (309) 298-1993.