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Critical Challenges To American National Security
Robert G. Rabil
Lifelong Learning Society Professorship of Current Affairs, 2012-2013
Recipient of the LLS 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Obama administration has been both pilloried and lauded for its approach to safeguard U.S. national security interests. Some describe the president as cerebral and cautious in his approach to international affairs, while others impugn him for beating a retreat in American foreign policy and resolve. However, little has been said about the implications of the drastic changes the world has undergone. The United States is wrestling with some of the most difficult national security challenges in its history. From the Arab revolutions and intervention in the Arab world, to combating radical Islam, to checking Iran’s nuclear ambitions and coping with the power of China and the assertiveness of Russia, the Obama administration has been deliberating strategies often discombobulated by partisan politics and internal differences among policymakers. Lost in these deliberations are sober and impartial examinations of the complex and nuanced changes affecting the world on the local, regional and international levels. This eight-part lecture series will examine critical challenges to US national security in the context of their local and international dimensions, shedding light on important matters often misconceived in foreign diplomacy.
1. From Kosovo to Ukraine: The Resolve or Complacency of the Transatlantic Alliance?
2. The US, Egypt, and Israel: Maintaining Peace or Despotism?
3. The US and Strategic Choices in East and South China Sea
4. Islamism and Salafism in Central Asia and the Caucasus
5. The US, Iran and the Arab Gulf: Détente or Proxy Wars?
6. The Lord’s Resistance Army, Boko Haram and al-Shabab: The New Face of al-Qaeda?
7. The US and the Saudi-Pakistani Alliance: The New Nuclear Bomb?
8. Salafism and al-Qaeda in Iraq and al-Sham: The Emerging Threat to the US, Israel and the Levant?
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 a 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: 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
Date: Tuesdays, January 6, 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $68 member / $98 non-member

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