PROGRAM DETAILS

US National Security and Strategy

Instructor
Robert G. Rabil
Category
Politics / Current Events
W281

Course Description

Salafi-jihadism, nuclear proliferation, and international competition over resources and projection of power are part of a long list of challenges facing the national security of the United States. Addressing these challenges constitutes a complex and often contentious effort, affecting not only the security, but also the international role of the United States. In his national security strategy speech, President Trump identified his doctrine “America First” as associated with a "Strong America.” 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 his personality. Significantly, “American First” policy faces the daunting challenge of how to advance US national security in a global environment leaning towards multi-polarity. This series tries to enhance the understanding of some major threats to US national security, while at the same time underscoring the reach and limits of the President’s strategic doctrine in confronting reality.

Lectures

1. US and North Korea: Reassessing North Korea’s Threat.
2. Islam, Islamism and Salafism in Germany: Ramifications for the West.
3. Islam, Islamism and Salafism in Central Asia: Expansion of Radicalism?
4. US and Iran-Saudi Rivalry: Implications for the Greater Middle East.
5. US and China in South China Sea: Sidelining the US?
6. Islam, Islamism and Salafism in the Indian Subcontinent: The Insurmountable War on Terrorism?
7. US, Russia, Israel, Iran and Syrian Crisis: The Most Dangerous Area in the World!
8. President Trump, his Generals, and the War on Terror: An Assessment.

About the Instructor

  • Dr. Robert G. Rabil 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 US-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