The Israel-China Relationship:  A Dangerous Dalliance?

Robert G. Rabil
International Relations / Politics

Course Description

China has thus far been careful not to affect American national interest in the Middle East. However, China’s recent build-up of military and intelligence capabilities in the region, together with its massive investment, is inadvertently or intentionally deepening Chinese influence in the Middle East. No doubt, China’s use of its soft and hard power stands to affect American eminence in the region. More specifically, China’s investment in Israel’s high-tech sector and impending access to Israel’s strategic bases have raised American concerns about China’s growing sway in Israel. In fact, U.S. national security advisor John Bolton’s trip to Israel in January 2019 was reportedly more about addressing these concerns than President Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria. This program emphasizes, against the background of Chinese policy in the Middle East, the strategic vulnerabilities Chinese investments in Israel have created.

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