Lawyer, Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security, Virginia Commonwealth University
Professor Fran Belisle is currently an Attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law and Homeland Security at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is formerly a Foreign Service Officer and was Adjunct Professor of Politics at Coastal Carolina University. Currently, she teaches classes in Homeland Security, Law, International Relations, Terrorism, and Diplomacy. Professor Belisle is also a former diplomat with six years of experience in drafting Congressionally-mandated reports, providing political reporting to Washington.
For the last six years, Fran Belisle has focused on law and teaching, with a focus on military, international issues, politics and law. Before then she was a diplomat at the U.S. embassies in Algiers, Ankara and Canada where represented U.S. interests abroad, she worked on issues relating to terrorism, food aid, immigration and multilateral diplomacy.
During her time in Canada, she worked to stop potential terrorists from crossing into the United States and gaining citizenship using fraudulent means. In 2005, while in Algiers, she worked for the successful release of over 408 Moroccan prisoners of war that had been held for over 20 years.
In 2009, she published the paper, Algeria at the Crossroads: How the United States Can Help the Algerians Fight the Battle Against Violent Islamic Extremists for the Forum for Public Policy Online. She presented the paper at the Oxford Roundtable Terrorism Conference that year.
JD, College of William and Mary; MA, Political Science/International Relations, Boston; BA, Boston University, Boston; Diplomacy Studies, Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, VA
Areas of Expertise:
Rule of Law
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