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China and the Middle East: 
DISPLACING AMERICAN PREEMINENCE?
Robert G. Rabil
Lifelong Learning Society Professorship of Current Affairs, 2012-2013
Recipient of the LLS 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Chinese foreign policy towards the Middle East has recently raised American and Israeli concerns alike. Chinese openness to foreign investments and international companies has helped lead a great transformation in Chinese society. This economic transformation and China’s burgeoning middle class have created additional energy needs, which led to a shift in Chinese foreign policy towards the Middle East. Acting in the capacity of an emerging global power, China has forged enormous transactional deals and heavily invested in the economies of the Middle East countries. Significantly, China, until recently, has been careful not to affect American national interest in the region. However, China's recent build- up of military and intelligence capabilities in the region, together with its massive investment, is inadvertently or intentionally deepening Chinese influence in the Middle East. More specifically, China’s use of its soft and hard power stands to affect American eminence in the region. This lecture examines Chinese growing influence in the Middle East and probes its intent and ramifications for United States and Israel’s national security.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Robert G. Rabil is an internationally renowned and acclaimed scholar. His books have been highly commended and reviewed by major academic journals in the US, UK, Arab world, Australia, Israel and Iran. His recent book on Salafism, based on Arabic primary sources and field research trips to the Middle East, broke new ground in the fields of Islamism, terrorism and Middle East politics. He is considered one of the leading experts on Salafism, radical Islam, US-Arab and Arab-Israeli relations, and terrorism. He served as Chief of Emergency for the Red Cross in Lebanon, and was Project Manager of the US State Department-funded Iraq Research and Documentation Project. He lectures nationally and internationally, and participates in forums and seminars sponsored by the US government, including the US Army and the National Intelligence Council. He holds a master's in Government from Harvard University and a PhD in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. In May 2012, he was conferred with an honorary PhD in Humanities from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He is a Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).  

FPL11304
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$120 for any combination of eight events, members only

Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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