Program Details

U.S. National Security

Robert G. Rabil
Politics / History
Video Catch-up

Course Description

President Donald Trump identified his national security 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 Syria and Afghanistan. More so, as the U.S. enters into a great power competition with Russia and China, while fighting an expansive war on terrorism, some have questioned the U.S. strategies and foresightedness in meeting multiple threats and challenges. This series examines some major challenges to U.S. national security with the objective of assessing and qualifying whether or not U.S. strategies are making America stronger.


  1. The Re-eruption of Arab Rebellion: The Case of Algeria
  2. Islam and Islamism in Russia: Implications for U.S.
  3. Venezuela, Iran and Russia: Implications for U.S.
  4. Oman: Between U.S., Israel, Arab Gulf and Iran
  5. Reassessing the Middle East Regional Order: The Syrian Crisis
  6. White Nationalism: Roots, Discourse and Implications for Citizenry
  7. U.S.-Israel-Saudi Relationship: Strategic or Superficial
  8. U.S. War on Terrorism: 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

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