In 1986, an invitation was extended to me by Dr. Edward Azar to join the University of Maryland, Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CID/CM) as a 1986 visiting fellow. The attracting interest from the director was a peer-reviewed article on cultural sects in the Levant region. Interest diverted to the study of the psychology of terrorism, but more specifically the psychology of terrorists: fundamentalism and hostage situations. This fellowship resulted in a national conference sponsored by the CID/CM, the Spouses of Diplomats Auxiliary, and the Center for Victims of Trauma.