Wednesday, February 5, 2014

In Memoriam: Barry Rubin

With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of Barry Rubin, husband, father, historian, political analyst, and mentor.

Professor Barry Rubin was founder of and served as director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya for nearly two decades. He was also columnist at the Jerusalem Post, Middle East editor and featured columnist at PJ Media, editor and publisher of The Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal, and editor of Turkish Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1978. He taught both in the United States and internationally, including American University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Bar-Ilan University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, and Monash University. He was a Fulbright, Council on Foreign Relations Fellow; a Washington Institute for Near East Policy fellow; and a U.S. Institute of Peace and Hebrew University Leonard Davis Center grantee.

Prof. Rubin authored and edited close to 100 books--three of which will be published posthumously--and tens of thousands of articles. His book Tragedy of the Middle East foresaw many of the processes that have gone on to dominate the politics of the region over the last three years. One of his other titles, The Truth About Syria, stands out as a shining example of the way that scholarship can be combined with moral clarity to produce a work of enormous value both to knowledge and to the advancement of human rights. Prof. Rubin’s books and articles are available at

In his 64 years, he worked tirelessly to defend and promote both U.S. and Israeli interests. He was also dedicated to the research and commemoration of his ancestry and those who perished in the Holocaust. In 2013, he published Children of Dolhinov, a historical account of the Jews of Dolhinov (today part of Belarus). He wrote, “If we don’t respect those who came before us, and who made our existence possible, how can we expect anyone to respect us?”

In addition to his professional and academic achievements, he was a loving father and husband. He is survived by wife Judith and his two children.

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