The War on Extremism:
National Security Issues in American Foreign Policy
Robert G. Rabil
Lifelong Learning Society Distinguished Professor of Current Affairs, 2012-2013
Recipient of the LLS 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Obama administration’s approach to foreign diplomacy involves promoting concerted regional and international efforts. Though, in principle, the administration has signaled a shift in its national interest towards Asia, Arab revolutions, counter-revolutions, Iran's nuclear program and rise of Islamism have paradoxically deepened U.S. national security concerns in the greater Middle East. This lecture series investigates and discusses several United States national security issues affected no less by regional than international geostrategic considerations and transnational Islamist ambitions. Known for their complex and nuanced dynamics, these issues confound analysts and policymakers. This eight part lecture series will analyze these security issues in the context of their local and international dimensions, seeking to shed light on important matters often misconceived in foreign diplomacy.
1. The United States, Pakistan and Islamism
2. The United States, Morocco and Islamism
3. United Arab Emirates (UAE): Substituting American Mercantilism for Arabism?
4. The United States, Israel and Arab Revolutions: The Emergence of Arab-Israeli Alliance?
5. United States, Indonesia and Islamism
6. United States, China and Islamism
7. Tunisia and Egypt: Success Models for Arab Revolutions?
8. The United States, Arab Revolutions and al-Qaeda: A Reassessment
Dr. Robert G. Rabil holds a Masters in Government from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. He served as Chief of Emergency for the Red Cross in Lebanon , and was Project Manager of the U.S. State Department-funded Iraq Research and Documentation Project. He has written extensively on Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, U.S.-Arab Relations, reform in the Arab world, radical Islam and terrorism. Dr. Rabil is a frequent speaker at major university campuses throughout the country. He lectures and participates in forums and seminars sponsored by the U.S. government, including the U.S. Army and the National Intelligence Council. He is a Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and was recently conferred with an honorary Ph.D. in humanities from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
||10:00 am - 11:45 am
||Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 18, 25; December 2
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$68 member / $98 non-member