The Catholic University of America

Sept. 8, 2011

Experts on 9/11 Anniversary and Terrorism Available at CUA

Experts at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., are available to discuss the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. CUA experts also can discuss homeland security, the war on terrorism, and the psychological effects of living in a post-9/11 world. For help in reaching sources, contact Mary McCarthy at 202-319-5600 or

  • TERRORISTS, RELIGIOUS ACTORS AND FACTORS IN WORLD POLITICS, AND PEACEBUILDING — Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor of international relations, can discuss terrorism and U.S. foreign policy, non-state actors, transnational threats, and the role of religion in international politics — not only as a source of conflict but also as a resource for building peace.

    As a fellow at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Love worked to help the U.S. government better understand and engage with religious actors and factors in foreign policy. As a U.S. Naval Academy Ethics Center fellow and member of the advisory board of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, Love works to expand practices of just war to include principles and practices of just peace. Her books on these topics include: Beyond Sovereignty and Morality Matters: Ethics in the War on Terror. She is an adviser to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and was teaching military officers in the Pentagon about terrorism on Sept. 11, 2001, as part of a CUA graduate program.

    Love can be reached at 443-964-8994 (home) or
  • COUNTERTERRORISM RESPONSES IN EUROPE AND THE U.S. — Dorle Hellmuth, assistant professor of politics, is an expert on comparative counterterrorism responses; homeland security; general comparative politics; and American foreign policy. She has co-published articles and book chapters in Democracy and Security, The Nonproliferation Review, and Beyond Sovereignty. Her publications also include policy papers published by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, D.C. where she is a non-resident fellow. She has served as a research fellow at the National War College, National Defense University. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the effects of government structures in shaping counterterrorism policies in Germany, the United States, Great Britain, and France.

    Hellmuth can be reached at 202-319-5600 or
  • TERRORISM AND NATIONAL SECURITY DECISION-MAKING— Phillip Henderson, associate professor of politics, who has closely followed the 9/11 Commission investigation, is currently working on a book titled Groupthink Revisited: From the Bay of Pigs and Vietnam to 9/11 and Iraq. The book focuses on the Bush administration's decisionmaking, which was dominated by an inner group predisposed to intervene militarily in Iraq even before the attacks of 9/11, says Henderson. He is the author of an article titled “Intelligence Failures of 9/11: What the Lessons of History Show,” in which he compares the 2001 attacks to the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor. Also an expert on political leadership, Henderson has published articles and delivered lectures on national security policymaking.

    Henderson can be reached at 202-319-6226 (office) or by e-mail:
  • COUNTER-TERRORISM AND THE LAW — Antonio F. Perez, professor at CUA's Columbus School of Law, can discuss a broad range of international legal issues, including extradition; use of force; use of covert (C.I.A. and military) authority; domestic, constitutional, and foreign relations issues; and sanctions (economic and otherwise). He worked on law enforcement and intelligence issues, including counter-terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in the U.S. State Department's legal adviser’s office. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee of the Organization of American States.

    Perez can be reached at 202-319-5820 (office) or 703-850-5764 (mobile) or by e-mail:
  • U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY — Wallace Thies, professor of politics, specializes in U.S. national security policy, with an interest in terrorism. He is available to discuss connections between the war on terrorism, the unrest in Iraq, and the potential for greater terrorist activity here and abroad as a result of both. He is the author of three books — one on coercive diplomacy during the Vietnam War and two on NATO — as well as about 20 articles on various topics related to military strategy and national security issues.

    Thies can be reached at 301-774-1264 (home) or by e-mail:

To search for other CUA faculty who serve as experts for the media, visit the online Faculty Experts Guide at: or contact the Office of Public Affairs for more assistance at 202-319-5600.


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