Does American Foreign Policy Make America Strong?

Robert G. Rabil
Politics / International Relations

Course Description

In his National Security Strategy speech, President Donald Trump identified his doctrine “America First” as associated with a “Strong America.” But some foreign leaders have interpreted “Strong America” as an America beating a retreat from world affairs, especially following the President’s statements affirming the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. In reality, however, Trump’s doctrine has been more or less guided by America’s interests, constraints and divisions among his advisors and in Congress, as well as by his own views and personality. This series addresses some major challenges to U.S. national security; questioning whether or not Trump’s “America First” policy is grounded in a “Strong America.”


  1. Morocco-U.S. Relations: Defeating Salafi-Jihadism?
  2. Bosnia: The New Hub of Salafism?
  3. United Arab Emirates-U.S. Relations
  4. Islam, Islamism and China: Implications for the U.S.
  5. Poland, Hungary and the U.S.: Defending Western Civilization?
  6. Iraq-U.S. Relations: Should the U.S. Withdraw from Iraq?
  7. France: Islamizing France or Europeanizing Islam?
  8. U.S. War on Terror: A Reassessment

About the Instructor

  • Robert G. Rabil, PhD, 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 PhD in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. In May 2012, he was conferred with an honorary PhD 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