August 21, 2014

The Rubin Scholarship 2014

The late Prof. Barry Rubin

The Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya is offering a scholarship for an outstanding researcher in modern Middle East politics.  The Rubin scholarship is named in memory of Professor Barry Rubin, founder and former director of the GLORIA Center, who passed away in February 2014. The scholarship is available to PhD candidates and above in the fields of Middle East Studies, International Relations and Political Science whose work … [Read more...]

Roots of Hatred: National Review looks at Nazis, Islamists

Amin Al Husseini with one of his Nazi Muslim Troops

In Islamic societies, Jews are still widely thought of as people of bad character who cannot help engaging in criminal conspiracy. Muslims are advised several times in their canonical writings and by Middle Eastern rulers that the rightful ordering of the world depends upon destroying Jews for fear Jews may destroy them. Recent times have fueled this murderous fantasy. The Jewish state is conceived as the outcome of a criminal conspiracy involving Britain and now the United States. Merely by … [Read more...]

Qatar, Hamas and the Gaza War

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid Al Arriya in Washington, April 2014.

Tower Magazine, August 2014. One of the most notable aspects of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is the prominent role being played by the Emirate of Qatar in supporting the terrorist organization, whose genocidal charter calls for the murder of Jews and destruction of Israel. Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, the leader of the Emirate of Qatar, is acting as Hamas’ “channel of communication” to the international community. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal is now … [Read more...]

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...]

Netanyahu’s ‘Long War’ Doctrine

President Obama and PM Netanyahu Visit Iron Dome Site in 2013 (photo credit:  Mark Israel / The Israel Project)

PJmedia, 5/8: As a number of former senior Israeli officials pointed out in the course of Operation Protective Edge, Jerusalem had only two possible strategic options to choose from as it entered this fight. The first involved seeking to inflict serious damage on Hamas’s military capabilities in an operation limited in scope. The goal of such a course of action would be to achieve deterrence against Hamas. Implicit in this option is that, at its conclusion, the Hamas authority in Gaza … [Read more...]

‘Islamic State’ Advances in Syria

ISIS fighters carry their weapons during a parade in Syria, near the border with Turkey, 2014.

Jerusalem Post, 1/8 In recent weeks, far from the attention of the world’s media, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (IS, formerly ISIS) has been fighting its enemies and expanding its borders. There is mounting evidence that IS has obtained a chemical weapons capacity of some kind, and has utilized it on at least one occasion during intense combat against the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria. The organization has achieved signal successes against regime forces in Raqqa and Hasakeh … [Read more...]

Lebanese Leader Condemns Prof. Rubin’s Nazis, Islamists Book; British Telegraph Disagrees

Walid Jumblatt

In his condemnation of the Israeli response to the situation in Gaza, prominent Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt has spoken out against the late Prof. Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz's latest book, Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Yale University Press:  2014). From an article in the Lebanese Daily Star: In response to the book “Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East” by Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, Jumblatt condemned … [Read more...]

Silent Scourge: Review of Barry Rubin’s Silent Revolution

Silent Revolution:  How the left rose to political power and cultural dominance, by Barry Rubin

"An angry, sorrowing book... Barry Rubin’s indefatigability in completing it while facing what he knew to be his final illness (the respected historian and Middle East analyst died of cancer in early February of this year) indicates to some extent the measure of the thinker who has gone." "A riveting lament," writes Janice Fiamenga, from her recent review. "Passages of incredulity punctuate the otherwise controlled, effectively developed arguments the author presents about the … [Read more...]

Desperately Seeking Relevance

A protester leads a group of Egyptians in anti-Muslim Brotherhood chants, November 30, 2012. (Y. Weeks/VOA)

Jerusalem Post, 25/7 The conflict between Hamas-controlled Gaza and Israel became inevitable after a series of decisions and actions made clear that the movement was not interested in defusing tensions and returning to the cease-fire that had shakily pertained since 2012. These actions included the attempt to infiltrate a terrorist team into Zikim on July 8, the continued firing of rockets after the rejection of the Egyptian cease-fire proposal, the failure to respect the humanitarian … [Read more...]

Qatar / Hamas’s Collateral Damage


PJMedia, 22/7 The fight between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is presented in the global media as a local conflict featuring a well organized state with its army, against a small Islamist organization. This picture is misleading. Hamas is not an isolated or even an entirely independent player. Rather, it is a member of a broader regional alliance, which is seeking to benefit from the current situation. This is the alliance of Muslim Brotherhood forces in the Middle East. Qatar is the main … [Read more...]