Dr. Robert Rabil is the director of graduate studies and an professor of Middle East studies at the Florida Atlantic University's Department of Political Science. He received his masters degree in government from the Harvard University Extension School and his doctorate in Near Eastern and Judaic studies from Brandeis University.

He has
appeared on and/or interviewed by British Broadcasting Company (BBC), C-Span, Fox News, National Public Radio (NPR), the New York Times, and numerous major media networks, and participates in government sponsored roundtable discussions and forums.


  • Affiliate in Research, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1999-present.
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies, Inc., Beirut, Baghdad, London, Washington, DC, 2004-present.
  • Advisory Board, Florida Society for Middle East Studies, Boca Raton, Florida, 2004-present.
  • Adjunct Scholar, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Washington, DC, 2005-2009.
  • Academic Advisor, American Lebanese Coalition andWorld Lebanese Cultural Union, 2003-present.
  • Academic Advisor, Central Naval Analysis,2006-present.
  • Academic Advisor, Middle East and National Security Organization, an FAU student club which promotes awareness of MiddleEast and US national security issues.
  • Conference Papers and Presentations: “Selected List”
  • Hizbollah and the Lebanese State: Political, Religious, or Terrorist Movement? Paper presented at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Saint Anselm College, March 26, 2007, sponsored by the NHIOP Research Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life.
  • Hizbollah, Lebanon,and Prospects of Peace With Israel and Syria. Paper presented at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, CNO Executive Panel, U.S. Department of Navy, November 17, 2006.
  • Syria underBashar al-Asad: Reform or Dictatorship? Paper presented at the International Symposium organized by the Chair Raoul Dandurand of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies of the University of Quebec in Montreal, March 16, 2006, sponsored by Canada’s Foreign Affairs.
  • Regime Dynamics in Syria. Paper presented at a roundtable discussion sponsored by the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, August 31, 2005.
  • Trends in Syria (and the Levant). Papers presented at the 27th Semi-Annual International Affairs Symposium, United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, November 2 and 3, 2004.
  • Iraq in 2004: Challenges and Prospects. Paper presented at Florida Atlantic University, sponsored by the Florida Society for Middle East Studies, February 14, 2004.
  • Syria: A Voice for the Future or a Voice of the Past? Paper presented at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The John Hopkins University, sponsored by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and the Middle East Studies Department and the Dialogue Project, John Hopkins University, September 29, 2003.
  • Waging Peace or War: Syria, Israel, and Lebanon. Paper presented at the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department, Brandeis University, March 12, 2003.
  • The Iraqi Opposition: Prospects and Challenges. Paper presented at Harvard University, The Middle East Seminar, sponsored jointly by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, March 6, 2003.
  • Suffolk Teach-in: American Foreign Policy Toward Iraq. Paper presented at Suffolk University, sponsored jointly by the Department of History and the Department of Political Science, March 5, 2003.
  • War and Peace Betweenthe United States and Iraq: Inside Iraq. Paper presented at the Ford Auditorium, Case Western Reserve University, sponsored by Center for Policy Studies, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Undergraduate Student Government, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Residence Hall Association of Case Western Reserve University, International Studies Program, Hallinan Project, Muslim Student Association, Share the Vision Committee, and the Office of the President and Provost, February 19, 2003. http://www.cwru.edu/artsci/cps/rabil.htm.
  • The implications of War against Iraq for the Region. Paper presented at a special conference organized by the World Lebanese Cultural Union, the Lebanese Information Center, the Council of Lebanese American Organizations, the Assembly for Lebanon and the American Lebanese Public Affairs Committee on November 21, 2002.
  • The Iraqi Opposition: From Disunity to Unity?. Paper presented at the Middle East Studies Association’s annual conference on November 25, 2002.
  • The Ba’th partyand Education in Iraq, and the 1987-1988 Village Elimination Campaign: The Case of al-Ghouli District. Paper presented at the Middle East Institute on October 16, 2002.
  • The Iraqi Regime Through Its Documents. Presentation at the Department of State, February 2002.
  • Changes, Challenges, and Choices. Paper presented at the Joseph W. Martin, Jr. Institute For Law and Society, Stonehill College, Easton, MA, September 2000.
  • Deconstructing Syria: The Challenges of Peace. Paper presented at the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department, Stewart Walker Lecture Series, sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, March 1999.

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