The Transatlantic Alliance, Islamism and Arab Revolutions: Redefining Western and Eastern-Western Relations?
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 Transatlantic Alliance has served as a pillar of security and prosperity for both North America and Europe. But the end of the Cold War and the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq have affected the Transatlantic Alliance by bifurcating the way in which Americans and Europeans look at their national and collective security. Nothing highlights the complexity and nuances of this change more than the causal factors and consequences of Islamic growth and Islamism in Europe and the rise of Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists as a consequence of the unfolding, yet unpredictable Arab revolutions. This has taken a multi-dimensional immediacy in light of both Washington's and Europe's confrontation with radical Islamism and Western concern about Arab rebellions that have triggered regional rivalry and intensified sectarianism, underscoring the complexity of these interconnected issues that have confounded policymakers and analysts. This lecture series attempts to analyze a number of conflicting security issues within the context of their local and international dimensions, and will shed light on certain misconceptions affecting U.S. and European foreign policy.
1. Islam and Islamism in Great Britain, France and Germany
2. Islam and Islamism in lowland countries
3. Bosnia: The Hub of Salafism?
4. The Israeli-United States alliance, Europe, Islamism and Arab Revolutions
5. The United States, Europe and Arab Revolutions in al-Maghreb
6. The United States, Europe, and Arab Revolutions in the Arabian Peninsula
7. The United States, Europe, and Arab Revolutions in the Levant
8. The Transatlantic Alliance, Islamism, and Arab Revolutions: The Rise or Fall of the Alliance?
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.
||10:00 am - 11:45 am
||Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$68 member / $98 non-member