U.S. National Security, Islamism and Globalized Conflicts
Robert G. Rabil
Lifelong Learning Society Professorship of Current Affairs, 2012-2013
Recipient of the LLS 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The end of the Cold War, and the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, marked the height of the unipolar power of the U.S. Complex challenges and threats emanating from various, contested strategic areas of conflict cast a shadow over U.S. national security. Scholars and analysts refer to the process of transition from a unipolar to multi-polar world to contextualize and understand the nature of these challenges and threats to U.S. national security. Significantly, Arab revolutions and counter-Arab revolutions, the rise of Islamism and Salafism, the emergence of ISIS, and Iran's nuclear program advances have underscored the complex and nuanced dynamics of these interconnected issues. This eight-part lecture series will attempt to analyze a number of conflicting security issues within the context of both their local and international dimensions, seeking to shed light on significant and essential matters often misconceived and misunderstood in foreign diplomacy.
1. Libya and Salafi-Jihadism: The Allegiance to ISIS?
2. Yemen, the Houthis and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
3. China and Myanmar: Authoritarian Rule and/or Persecution of Muslims?
4. Salafism: The New Global Religious Movement Pervading Europe?
5. Pakistan: The Intentional or Unintentional Epicenter of Terrorism?
6. The US-led Coalition Against ISIS: Stalemate or Victory?
7. The Sahel Region: The Growing Threat of Salafi-Jihadism?
8. United States, Salafi-Jihadism and Arab Revolutions and Counter-Revolutions: 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, September 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17|
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||Member advance registration - $74
Door price member/non-member - $110