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The Trump Administration and American Power
Robert G. Rabil
Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2012-2013
Recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: In his most recent book World Order Henry Kissinger affirms that the main challenge for the twenty-first century is how to shape an international order in a world buffeted by violent conflicts, technological proliferation and radicalism. He adds that unless the major powers reach a new kind of accommodation about their global roles chaos would ensue. In other words, the United States would find it difficult to play the leadership role it had carried out in post-Cold War. Clearly, the Trump Administration has confronted a paradox whereby the United States has continued to be the undisputed global leader but in an often contested, sometimes uncertain global position. How has the Trump Administration fared in sustaining American power? How has the Administration applied its soft and/or hard power to protect its national security? This course offers a glimpse of a new era in American foreign policy in a world where some American allies and foes assume the American century is over.

1. US-Afghanistan Relations: The Sobering Retreat?
2. US-Kuwait Relations: The Grateful Ally?
3. US-Iraq Relations: Allies or Foes?
4. US-Egyptian Relations: Return to Pharaonic Policies?
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, March 13, 20, 27; April 3
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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