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Israel and the Arab Sunni States: The Big Deal or the Superficial Alliance?
Robert G. Rabil
Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2012-2013
Recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: 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. Whereas Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel, Arab Gulf states developed covert and multi-faceted economic and security cooperation with Israel. Recently, the threat from Iran has intensified and enhanced this cooperation, leading to reports of overt collaboration on regional security regardless of whether or not Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have progressed. Moreover, Russian intervention in Syria on the side of the Assad regime and Iran has underscored common strategic interests for Israel, the Gulf States, Egypt and Jordan. In fact, security cooperation between Israel and many Arab Sunni states has never been better. Will the growing cooperation between Israel and the Arab Sunni states lead to a "big deal" as trumpeted by the Trump administration or to a superficial alliance? This talk attempts to shed light on the unfolding, yet undefined new phase in the Arab Gulf-Israel relations, and on the deepening yet socially unsettling Israel-Egypt-Jordan relationship.

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: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$150 for any combination of eight events, members only

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Non-member - $35
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