Program Details

The Big Powers’ War
In part, graciously underwritten by Steven Tobin

Robert G. Rabil
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Course Description

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has ended the post-Cold War era and ushered in a new era in uncharted waters. Though Russian President Vladimir Putin made a strategic blunder invading Ukraine, opinions differ over the cause of the war. Notwithstanding the causes of war, the Russian invasion of Ukraine realigned NATO and European countries against Russia. With its far-reaching role in supporting Ukraine, Washington has set off a Big Powers' War. The big question resonating around the White House is, "Tell me how this ends." In this special lecture series, Dr. Rabil will explore crucial questions about this new global war's intended and unintended dynamics and consequences and its possible outcomes.


  1.  NATO-Ukraine-Russia War: A Reassessment
  2. The U.S. War or Coming War with Russia
  3. China’s Big Decision
  4. The Big Powers’ War: Implications for the World

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 earned doctoral degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. In May 2012, he was conferred with an honorary doctoral degree in humanities from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and in 2022 he won the FAU Scholar of the Year award. He is a professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University.

    Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2018-19
    Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2012-13
    Recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award