FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Robert G. Rabil, Ph.D.
 LLS Jupiter Distinguished Faculty Award 2010
 LLS Distinguished Professor of Current Affairs 2012-2013

 Political Science


Robert G. Rabil, Ph.D., has a master’s degree in government from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic studies from Brandeis University. He served as Chief of Emergency of 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. He is a frequent speaker at major universities, including Harvard University. He delivers lectures and participates in seminars and forums sponsored by the U.S. government, including the U.S. Army and the National Intelligence Council. He is Associate Professor of Political Science at FAU. Dr. Rabil was recently conferred with an honorary Ph.D. in humanities from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

News and Notes From Dr. Rabil
  • Click here to visit his web site,  robertrabil.com.
  • Click here to see his new book Religion, National Identity, and Confessional Politics in Lebanon at www.amazon.com.
  • Click here to view the PowerPoint slides on the Divisions and Schools of Islam.
Articles written by Dr. Rabil Books by Dr. Rabil


Religion, National Identity, and Confessional Politics in Lebanon

Embattled Neighbors: Syria, Israel, and Lebanon

Syria, The United States, and the
War On Terror In The Middle East

The U.S., Israel and the Remapping of the Middle East
Spring lecture #S6M1

Though their rhetoric had been historically anti-Israel, Arab Gulf States did not essentially participate in Arab-Israeli wars. This conflicted relationship experienced a thaw in the wake of the Madrid Peace Conference. True, the relationship has regressed as a result of the collapse of the peace process; yet there has remained indirect and multi-faceted secret links concerning economic and security issues. Recently, the threat from Iran has intensified and enhanced those links, leading to reports of overt and tacit cooperation and planning regardless of whether or not Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have progressed. This lecture traces the history of the Arab Gulf-Israel relations and attempts to shed light on the unfolding, yet undefined new phase in the Arab Gulf-Israel relationship.

Six Lectures
  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. Remapping Al-Maghreb and the Sahel Region?
  5. Remapping The Arabian Peninsula?
  6. 6. Sex, Religion and Politics in the Middle East: Reform or Radicalism?
Course # S6M1 — Six Weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Mondays — March 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21, 28
  Time:9:45–11:15 a.m.
  Fee:$51/member; $76/non-member