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The U.S., Israel, and the Remapping of the Middle East
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 Arab revolutions that swept the Arab region have changed the political landscape of that region in unpredictable ways. The unfolding of events from Libya to Syria showed that the Arab spring has evolved into a deep autumn before potentially reemerging as a regional spring. This is in keeping with a historical view that revolutions are messy and their outcome could be different from those expected. Yet, revolutions shatter the status quo, which in the first place led to them, paving the way for new developments and opportunities but also challenges. Are the ancient regimes coming back to power? Will the borders of the Middle East change in line with the ongoing political and military sectarian polarization? Will the Arab youth regroup and reclaim the political initiative? This series of talks attempts to answer these questions within the context of United States and Israel's perspective and policies. It also attempts to shed light on emerging dynamics and trends that may indeed change the middle eastern political geography.
1. The US, Israel and Egypt before and after Morsi?
2. The US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia: Allies or foes?
3. Syria and the Remapping of the Middle East?
4. Sex, Religion and Politics in the Middle East: Reform or radicalism?
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: 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 currently an Associate 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.

Time: 11:00 am - 12:45 pm
Date: Tuesdays, March 18, 25; April 1, 8
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member

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