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FAU Expert on Iraq, Syria

BOCA RATON, Fla. (June 16, 2014) – As violence escalates in Iraq and Syria, Florida Atlantic University professor Robert Rabil, Ph.D., is available to discuss the situation in the Middle East.

Rabil is a professor in the Department of Political Science within FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. His areas of expertise include national and international security; U.S. foreign policy; U.S.-Arab and U.S.-Muslim relations; the Arab-Israeli conflict; and politics and economies of the Arab world, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Israel. Stanford University recently called Rabil’s book “Syria, the United States, and the War on Terror in the Middle East,” (Praeger 2006) the best book-length history of U.S.-Syrian relations. He is currently working on a book on Salafism that will be published by Georgetown University Press. In addition, Rabil served as the project manager of the U.S. State Department-funded Iraq Research and Documentation Project from 2000 to 2003.

Rabil can be reached at 561-297-3215 (office) or 561-302-0470 (cell) or

For FAU experts, contact Lisa Metcalf, director of media relations at FAU, at 561-297-3022 or


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