U.S. National Security, Islamism and Globalized Conflicts
Robert G. Rabil
Lifelong Learning Society Distinguished Professor of Current Affairs, 2012-2013
Recipient of the LLS 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The end of the Cold War, and the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, marked the height of the unipolar power of the U.S. But complex challenges and threats emanating from various, contested strategic areas of conflict have cast a shadow over U.S. national security. Scholars and analysts refer to the process of transition from a unipolar to multi-polar world to contextualize and understand the nature of these challenges and threats to U.S. national security. Significantly, Arab revolutions, the rise of Islamism, radical Islam, and Iran's nuclear program advances have underscored the complex and nuanced dynamics of these interconnected issues. This lecture series will attempt to analyze a number of conflicting security issues within the context of their local and international dimensions, with the aim of challenging certain misconceptions affecting U.S. domestic and foreign policy.
1. Qatar: The Outsized Regional Player?
2. Islam and Islamism in Russia
3. Salafi-Jihadi in Nigeria: The Boko Haram
4. The Untold Rebellions in the Arab Gulf
5. Islam and Islamism in United States
6. Israel, United States, Syria and Iran: The Coming Confrontation?
7. Islam and Islamism in Malay Peninsula
8. United States, al-Qaeda and Arab Revolutions: A Reassessment
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Robert G. Rabil holds a Masters in Government from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. He served as Chief of Emergency for 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. Dr. Rabil is a frequent speaker at major university campuses throughout the country. He lectures and participates in forums and seminars sponsored by the U.S. government, including the U.S. Army and the National Intelligence Council. He is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and was recently conferred with an honorary Ph.D. in humanities from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Time: 11:30 am - 1:15 pm
Date: Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $68 member / $98 non-member