September 19, 2014

About Barry Rubin

Prof. Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal, and a featured columnist for PajamasMedia at http://pajamasmedia.com/barryrubin/. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan)

The Logic of the Middle East, a prescient analysis by Prof. Barry Rubin

Residents riot during the forced evacuation of Israeli communities in Gaza, summer of 2005.

In light of the current situation in Israel and Gaza, the GLORIA Center is reposting Prof. Rubin's prescient analysis of the likely situation that would emerge in Gaza following the Disengagement.     This article is, if anything, even more relevant today than when it was first published in 2005:   August 2005                   It cannot be repeated often enough that Middle East politics are not like those of other places. They make sense once one understands the … [Read more...]

An Invitation: Prof. Rubin’s 30-day Memorial

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Dear Friends,Prof. Barry Rubin's 30-day memorial and the unveiling of the gravestone will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014, 11:00am at the Kiryat Shaul Cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel. All are welcome to attend. Please notify us at info@gloria-center.org if you plan to come.The Rubin Family & the GLORIA Center … [Read more...]

Barry Rubin: An Appreciation

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By Jonathan SpyerProf. Barry Rubin and Dr. Jonathan SpyerBarry Rubin was one of the leading Middle East scholars and analysts of his generation.He was also a patriot of two countries – Israel and the United States – a dissenter, and a moral and intellectual beacon for thousands of people in many lands.Barry brought to his work a tremendous, searing energy, which made him famously prolific. This energy stayed with him throughout the illness which has now prematurely ended his life. He was … [Read more...]

Why the Arab/Muslim World Is Trapped

Egyptian novelist Youssef Ziedan

While we see few occasions of consciousness–and certainly few publicly expressed–from Arab and Muslim intellectuals of what is really going on, they still do take place. For example, in a December 30, 2013, interview that aired on CBC TV, Egyptian novelist Youssef Ziedan said: "We should reconsider our notions regarding the Jewish question. We are not even aware how much this affects us. [Antisemitism] has become a common trade, benefiting all our politicians. Any politician who wants to … [Read more...]

Imagine All the People Living in Islamist Hegemony: Why Lennon and Dylan Know All About Islamist Hegemony

Musician, singer, and songwriter John Lennon

If you want to understand Arab and Muslim politics, read Constantine Zurayk's article published shortly after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Zurayk was a frustrated Arab moderate trying to understand how Middle East politics worked. He realized that as long as Israel was only perceived as a high mountain to Arab ambitions, Israel would always stand in the way of Arab political development. When Zionism or Israel is made to be the focus, this conflict will justify all Arab and Muslim anti-Israel, … [Read more...]

The Case That Told Everything About Western-American Society: The American Dream (of Suicide)

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Although this is an exceptional case, it tells a great deal more than one might believe.Let me tell the story shortly. In New Jersey a few years ago, a family man (Jeffrey Locker) seemed to be very successful Wall Street consultant, in fact a millionaire. One night, he called his wife from his car, explaining that he was having car trouble and was getting someone to help him. It was very early in the morning, but the wife didn't seem dismayed by this.The next day, his body was found in his car. … [Read more...]

U.S.-Israel Relations Tense

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel shakes hands with Israeli Minister of Defense, Moshe Ya'alon, in Tel Aviv, Israel, April 22, 2013.

After Secretary of State John Kerry made a statement that was critical of Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Ya’alon issued a statement implying that Kerry should just get his Nobel Peace Prize and find something better to do. Ya’alon suggested that the proposed peace plan set too narrow parameters for Israel. Ya’alon’s statement gained widespread, multi-partisan support from rabbis, starting with about 350 backers. This was an unprecedented level of support for a public … [Read more...]

The Hopelessness of Victory

Marcus Luttrell, a decorated Navy SEAL, tells his harrowing story of journeying into the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Roanoke Regional Forum, September 23, 2013.

"So, let me just say, it went bad for us over there, but that was our job. That's what we did. We didn't complain about it." –Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell  The Obama administration is engaging in over a dozen failed operations in the Middle East, and reason shows just why they're failing: The Islamist philosophy is totally different from theirs. The Islamists are indifferent to the cost of victory, but this makes them not give up. "Hopelessness really never came into it," Luttrell … [Read more...]

The Gates of Hell: Obama and Clinton Are Cooked

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For the last five years, I have waited for the other shoe to drop.In 2008, the American people elected an incompetent and foolish president, Obama. President Obama knew that he could only trust such a hand-cuffed politician and loyalist, Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state. He then later appointed the pompous John Kerry to fill this capacity. Yet this "gang that couldn't shoot straight" was a ticking time bomb.Three strikes and you're out. Let me list them:Obama incompetent and disinterested … [Read more...]

The Lamps Are Going Out All Over Europe

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“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time."  This prophetic remark was made by Foreign Secretary Edward Grey in 1914 on the eve of World War One. The First World War marked the end of an era.The question is whether now, in 2014, we are in another temporary era or whether this is a long-term shift. To answer this, we need to ask what fundamental shifts are, what are simply factual shifts, and how they lead to new eras. What changes occur in … [Read more...]