Barry Rubin

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Barry M. Rubin (28 January 1950 – February 3, 2014) was an American-born Israeli writer and academic on terrorism and Middle Eastern affairs.


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. He was also editor of the journal Turkish Studies. He also served as the Middle East editor and a columnist at PJMedia. He authored and edited over a hundred books and monographs, including Israel: An Introduction (Yale University Press, 2012), The Israel-Arab Reader, The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East, and The Truth About Syria. A number of his books were published posthumously, including Nazis, Islamists and the Making of the Modern Middle East, co-authored with Wolfgang G. Schwanitz (Yale University Press, 2014); Silent Revolution: How the Left Rose to Political Power (Broadside Books, 2014), which describes how the Left rose to political power and cultural dominance in the United States in recent years.; and the edited collection, The Military History of the Modern Middle East (Routledge, 2015).


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 and was a columnist for PJMedia.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] He was 64.