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Rubin was the director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) and a professor at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. The GLORIA center has since been renamed to the Rubin Center in his honor. He was also editor of the journal Turkish Studies. His last book, Israel: An Introduction, was published by Yale University Press in 2012. Rubin's later books include The Israel-Arab Reader, The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East, and The Truth About Syria. He was the editor of the GLORIA center website. He was also the Middle East editor and a columnist at PJMedia. His last book, entitled Silent Revolution (2014), describes how the Left rose to political power and cultural dominance in the USA during the recent years.
Rubin was a guest on This Week with David Brinkley, Nightline, Face the Nation, The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, The Larry King Show, and others on CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Among the newspapers around the world for which he has written are La Vanguardia in Spain, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Germany; The National Post and The Globe and Mail in Canada; La Opinión, Liberal Forum, and Limes in Italy; The Age, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Australian Financial Review in Australia; Zaman, Referans, and Radikal in Turkey; and The Pioneer in India. Rubin was a frequent contributor to the Middle East column in The Jerusalem Post.
Rubin was born in Washington DC, United States, and was married to Judith Colp Rubin. Rubin died on February 3, 2014 after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 64.
- "Barry Rubin, Israeli columnist and professor, dies aged 64". haaretz.com. February 3, 2014.