Program Details

Is Vladimir Putin a Killer?

Instructor
Robert G. Rabil
Category
Politics / Current Events
F241B
Video Catch-up
Available
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Course Description

In an ABC News exclusive interview, President Joseph Biden Jr. affirmed that Russian President Vladimir "Putin is a killer." This assertion may reflect American public decency and/or grievances against Russian leadership. Nevertheless, this American stance is lost in an amoral geopolitical world, neither advancing nor bolstering American national interest. Arguably, calling Putin a killer obscures both Washington's institutional orthodoxy that Russia is a malevolent nation and the contributions Russians have made in shaping our geopolitical world. Consequently, Washington risks being involved in a mix of corrosive geopolitical policies underestimating the Russian ability to challenge American global standing. This lecture series examines Putin's outlook and "morality," the key drivers of Russian foreign policy, and Russian challenges of American policies. It also probes the notion that American foreign policy is better served engaging and deterring Russia.

Lectures

  1. Russia’s World Outlook and the West
  2. Putin: A Killer, Hero, or Nationalist?
  3. Russia, EU, and NATO: Challenging the Transatlantic Alliance
  4. Russia and the World: Challenging the United States

About the Instructor

  • Robert G. Rabil, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned scholar. His books have been highly commended and reviewed by major academic journals. He is considered one of the leading experts on Salafism, radical Islam, and U.S.-Arab-Israeli relations. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. In May 2012, he was conferred with an honorary Ph.D. in humanities from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He is a professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University.

    Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2018-2019
    Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2012-2013
    Recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award