Program Details

The Azerbaijan-Israel Relationship: Prospects and Challenges

Robert G. Rabil, Ph.D.
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Course Description

Since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, Iran has been expanding its power in the Middle East. It has not only continued to support its proxy forces, such as Hezbollah, but has also backed Shi’a Islamist parties in Yemen, Iraq, and Syria. Significantly, Iran has played a key role in propping up the Syrian regime while at the same time forging an alliance with Moscow in Syria. This alliance has transformed into a strategic partnership in the aftermath of the Ukraine war. Consequently, Iranian regional projection of power, together with Iranian advances in offensive weapons, including missile technologies, has posed what Israel has called a strategic threat to its national security. In this special talk, Dr. Rabil will shed light on the development of the Azerbaijan-Israel relationship against the backdrop of Tehran, Riyadh, and Moscow’s policies in the Caucasus and the Middle East. He will also probe the significance and implications of this relationship for Israel’s national security.

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 a 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. "Incomparable! "Always a delightful learning experience." OLLI Patron

    Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2018-19
    Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2012-13
    Recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award