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Countering The Iranian Threat: 
THE AZERBAIJANI-ISRAELI ALLIANCE IN ISRAEL'S OVERALL STRATEGY
Robert G. Rabil
Lifelong Learning Society Professorship of Current Affairs, 2012-2013
Recipient of the LLS 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Since the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime, Iran has been expanding its power in the Middle East. It has not only continued to support its proxy forces, such as Hezbollah, but has also backed Shi’a Islamist parties in Yemen, Iraq and Syria. Significantly, Iran has played a key role in propping up the Syrian regime, while at the same time forging an alliance with Moscow in Syria. This regional projection of power, together with Iranian advances in offensive weapons, including missile technologies, has posed what Israel has called a strategic threat to its national security. In response, Israel has apparently pursued a multi-pronged strategy to counter Iran and Hezbollah’s threat. This has involved enhancing military preparedness and forging regional alliances including with Arab Gulf countries. What has been little, if any, spoken about is Israel’s growing trade and military cooperation with Azerbaijan. Bordering Iran, Azerbaijan’s open-secret alliance with Israel offers Jerusalem geo-strategic, military and intelligence advantages, which could counter Iran’s threat to Israel. Reportedly, Tehran has been pressuring Baku to curtail its relationship with Jerusalem. This talk sheds light on the development of Azerbaijan-Israeli relationship against the backdrop of Tehran, Riyadh and Moscow’s policies in the Caucuses and the Arabian Peninsula. It also probes the significance and implications of this relationship for 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).  

FPL12032
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Date: Sunday, December 3, 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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