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

PROGRAM 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 for the U. S. and of the drastic changes the world has undergone. The United States is wrestling with some of the hardest national security challenges in its history. From the Arab revolutions and intervention in the Arab world, to combating radical Islam and ISIS, to checking Iran’s nuclear ambitions and coping with the power of China and 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 analysis and examination of the complex and nuanced changes affecting the world on the local, regional and international levels. The 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. Russia, United States and the Middle East: A Cold or Proxy War?
2. The Shi’a of the Gulf: An Oppressed or Seditious Group
3. Philippine’s Abou Sayyaf and Indonesia’s Jama’a Islamiyah
4. Islam and Islamism in Bangladesh: The New Pakistan?
5. The Decline or Growth of ISIS Power: A Reassessment
6. The Future of the Iranian-Saudi Relationship: Détente or Confrontation
7. The Refugees of the Middle East: A Demographic and Ideological Powder Keg?
8. The United States, ISIS, and the Middle East: Retreat or Power Balancing?
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 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 1
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $74
Door price member/non-member - $110

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