February 3, 2014
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy expresses its deepest condolences to the family of our friend and former colleague Dr. Barry Rubin on his passing yesterday at age sixty-four of cancer.
"Barry was a brilliant scholar who was passionately committed to the pursuit of truth," says Dr. Robert Satloff, the Institute's executive director. "He brought this determination to his fight against cancer. His death is a loss to the broader community of Middle East scholars."
Dr. Rubin had a long association with the Institute, serving as a senior fellow from 1988-1993 and as a visiting fellow frequently thereafter. He was the author of numerous Institute studies on a broad cross section of subjects including Arab-Israeli relations, Syria, Jordan, and the Gulf states.
Rubin served as director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the journal Middle East Review of International Affairs. Dr. Rubin’s books include The Truth about Syria (Palgrave-MacMillan, July 2007), The Future of the Middle East (Sharpe, September 2007), and the edited works Iraq after Saddam and Global Survey of Islamism (Sharpe, September 2007). Dr. Rubin was published in such leading print media the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Foreign Affairs. He made frequent appearances on network television as a Middle East analyst.
A former Fulbright fellow, Dr. Rubin received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University and taught at the American University, Bar-Ilan University, Georgetown University, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Tel Aviv University, and other institutions of higher learning. He served as a Council on Foreign Relations fellow and was the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships from institutions such as the U.S. Institute of Peace and Hebrew University's Leonard Davis Center.