Program Details

Guided Discussion: Muhammad bin Salman: The New Face of the Arab Gulf? - Boca Raton

Robert G. Rabil

Course Description

The de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman (MBS), has had a checkered personal relationship with President Biden. But his recent policies, grounded in both controlled domestic reforms and independent foreign policy incongruent with American values and global goals, have raised questions about the long-term U.S.-Saudi alliance. In this guided discussion, Dr. Rabil and attendees will probe U.S.-Saudi relations focusing on MBS’s vision of Saudi Arabia in relation to the Middle East and Washington. Space is limited.

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