LLS New Instructor
Ronelle Delmont, long-time resident of Greenwich Village, was a newcomer to
Florida’s book review and lecture circuit when she began an unexpected career in public speaking. Her stimulating lecture topics are always meant to
provoke thought and be entertaining at the same time.
Hezbollah and Israel: The Open War and Its Consequences
Fall lecture #F1S1
In February 2013, following months of investigation, the Bulgarian government accused the “militant wing of Hezbollah of bombing a bus filled with Israeli tourists in the Black Sea city of Burgas.” Five Israeli tourists, the driver and the bomber were killed in the July 2012 blast. This terror attack on European soil reignited a longstanding debate over whether to designate the militant wing of Hezbollah or the Islamist party as a terrorist organization. This has only masked the raging covert Hezbollah-Israeli warfare, which potentially threatens many innocent lives.
This terror attack took place in the wake of a series of foiled attacks on Israeli citizens and interests in India, Thailand, Azerbaijan and other areas. Conversely, Hezbollah and its Iranian patron have sustained a series of assassinations and bombings targeting important scientists, militants and military installations. What are the consequences of this raging warfare that Secretary General of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah called the open war? Will it lead to another destructive war in Lebanon or other deadly attacks on Israeli interests and Jews similar to those that took place in Argentina in the 1990s?
This talk traces and surveys the ideological and operational conflict between Hezbollah and Israel. It offers a rare and insightful look into Hezbollah’s political and Jihadi structure, as well as into Hezbollah’s probable defensive and offensive preparations of Jihadi operations against Israel locally and internationally. It also examines Israel’s potential preparations and response to foil and subdue Hezbollah’s menace and threat.
No cameras or recordings are allowed during the talk.
The Transatlantic Alliance, Islamism and Arab Revolutions: Redefining Western and Eastern-Western Relations?
Fall course #F8M1
The transatlantic Alliance has served as a pillar of security and prosperity for both North America and Europe. However, the end of the Cold War and the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq have affected the transatlantic Alliance by bifurcating the way by which Americans and Europeans look at their national and collective security. Nothing highlights the complexity and nuances of this change more than the causal factors and consequences of the growth of Islam and Islamism in Europe, and the rise of Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists as a consequence of the unfolding, yet unpredictable Arab revolutions. This has taken a multi-dimensional immediacy in light of both Washington and Europe’s confrontation with radical Islamism and Western concern about Arab rebellions that have triggered regional rivalry and intensified sectarianism, underscoring the complexity of these interconnected issues that have confounded policymakers and analysts. This course attempts to analyze a number of conflicting security issues within the context of their local and international dimensions, with the aim of shedding light on certain misconceptions affecting U.S. and European foreign policy.