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US National Security
Robert G. Rabil
Lifelong Learning Society Professorship of Current Affairs, 2012-2013
Recipient of the LLS 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Salafi-jihadism, non-state terror actors, nuclear proliferation, failed and near-failed states, migration, regional and international competition over resources and projection of power are all part of a long list of challenges and threats facing the national security of United States. Debating, understanding and addressing these challenges and threats constitute a complex and often contentious effort, affecting not only the security but also the international role of United States. Assuming power with a dedication to pursue an “America First” policy without an ideological orientation or a defined global security strategy about how to advance US national security in a global environment leaning towards multi-polarity, the Trump administration will inescapably face serious challenges as the country’s undisputed global power will undoubtedly be tested. This series tries to enhance the understanding of some major threats to US national security, while at the same time underscoring the paramountcy of examining and analyzing the concerned issues from a multi-dimensional perspective.

1. Qatar: Ally and/or Sponsor of Islamism/Salafism?
2. NATO and Russia: The Coming Confrontation?
3. Malaysia: The Growing Threat of Salafi-jihadism?
4. North Korea: A Rogue State or Chinese Proxy?
5. Turkey: The Failing Republic or the Rogue Ally?
6. The Syrian Crisis: Beyond the Fall of ISIS
7. Algeria and Al-Qaeda in al-Maghreb: A Reliable Ally?
8. The War Against ISIS and al-Qaeda: A Reassessment
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).  

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Date: Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $100
Non-member - $130
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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