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FAU Experts on Moammar Gaddafi and the Middle East

BOCA RATON, FL (October 20, 2011)– With the news of the possible death of Moammar Gaddafi, Florida Atlantic University faculty are available to discuss its impact on the Middle East and the United States.

  • Robert Rabil is a professor and director of graduate studies in the department of political science in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at FAU. 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, political Islam, terrorism, and politics and economies of the Arab world, as well as Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Israel. Rabil is fluent in Arabic, French and proficient in Hebrew.  He can be reached at 561-297-3215 (office), 561-302-0470 (cell), or
  • Mehmet Gurses is a professor in the department of political science. His research interests include democracy and democratization, ethnic and religious conflicts, post-civil war peace building, post-civil war democratization, and the emergence and evolution of the Islamist parties in the Middle East. Gurses is fluent in Turkish and Kurdish. He can be reached at 561-297-3213 (office) or
  • Jeffrey Morton is a professor of political science.  His areas of specialization are laws of armed conflict, world politics, international law, war in the Middle East and Europe, and U.S. foreign policy. He can be reached at 561-297-3212 (office), 561-313-9106 (cell) or

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


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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