Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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With the civil war still raging in Syria, the defeat of the Islamic State not yet complete, and Iran’s ongoing attempts to spread its regional influence through proxies, the Rubin Center has been working on the ground as events unfold within the Middle East and across the globe.

Beyond a traditional think tank, the Rubin Center also functions as a news-gathering organization, breaking stories, analyzing developments, and researching deeper trends.

Through our frontline reporting and research, we make the most up-to-date, accurate, often otherwise inaccessible information available to policymakers, the broader public, and the media. In our publications, we offer the best of contemporary Middle East analysis from voices close to and engaged with the events.

“The mortar shells came early in the morning.  At about 5.  At regular intervals. Solemn and sinister. They were a reminder of how close it all was… ” –Dr. Jonathan Spyer, reporting from the frontline [Read more…]


Rubin Associate Seth Frantzman’s reporting trip: Iraqi ERD soldiers firing at the Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq (Photo credit: Seth Frantzman)
Rubin Associate Seth Frantzman’s reporting trip: Iraqi ERD soldiers firing at the Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq (Photo credit: Seth Frantzman)


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Frontline reporting


Rubin Center Director Dr. Jonathan Spyer spent time in government-controlled Syria, reporting from the heart of Damascus and obtaining rare access to senior Syrian officials. Spyer exposed the extent of Russian power and immunity in Syria. He also visited Homs and Aleppo cities as part of an official delegation of journalists.

 

“The Assad regime makes it hard for journalists to acquire visas.  The authorities are keen consumers of media and keep track of the names of reporters who have spent time among their enemies.  The number of journalists who have managed to report from both the government and rebel sides is very small…” --Dr. Jonathan Spyer [Read more...]

Rubin Center Director Dr. Jonathan Spyer in Damascus, with ministers of the Assad government, April 2017 (Source: Jonathan Spyer)
Rubin Center Director Dr. Jonathan Spyer in Damascus, with ministers of the Assad government, April 2017 (Source: Jonathan Spyer)

Spyer, Rubin Fellow Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, and Rubin Research Associate Dr. Seth Frantzman visited Iraq on different occasions in 2017, embedding with Iraqi forces at the frontline of the war against the Islamic State in Mosul.

Rubin Research Associate Dr. Seth Frantzman on reporting trip to Mosul, Iraq (Source: Seth Frantzman)
Rubin Research Associate Dr. Seth Frantzman on reporting trip to Mosul, Iraq (Source: Seth Frantzman)

Spyer’s forthcoming book Days of the Fall: A Reporter’s Journey in the Syria and Iraq Wars (November 2017, Routledge) will include a large amount of hitherto unseen primary reporting based on his numerous trips to the war-torn countries.

 

"If you read one book on the carnage in Syria-Iraq, make it this one. Jonathan Spyer's reporting stands out for its mix of deep knowledge, crisp prose, and personal witness. His courage, savvy, and insight have my admiration." –Daniel Pipes, Middle East Forum

 

Frantzman also spent time in Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories carrying out research on security and policy issues affecting those regions and states.

Sisi poster hangs in front of a Cairo mosque, Frantzman’s February 2017 visit (Photo credit: Seth Frantzman)
Sisi poster hangs in front of a Cairo mosque, Frantzman’s February 2017 visit
(Photo credit: Seth Frantzman)


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Exclusive resources & interviews


Rubin Fellow Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi has continued to build up his unique archives of over 500 previously unseen Islamic State documents, creating a vital public resource on the inner workings of the organization.

 

“Aymenn [Jawad] al-Tamimi… has worked over the past year to compile the most thorough log of ISIS documents available to the public.” -- The Guardian


Islamic State training camp contract exposed by Rubin Fellow Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi (Photo: Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi)
Islamic State training camp contract exposed by Rubin Fellow Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi (Photo: Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi)

Jawad has also profiled numerous militias in Syria, including native Syrian Hizballah and the integration of Shi’i militias into the Syrian state apparatus and has conducted exclusive interviews with dozens of militia leaders. He is currently working on a major new research project looking at the Islamic State’s internal security structures.


Bringing together the experts


With continued instability in the Middle East and questions about the new U.S. administration’s role in the region, the Rubin Center’s third annual conference in memory of the late Prof. Barry Rubin, “A New Era? Trump and the Middle East,” brought together a panel of experts to discuss U.S. policy under President Trump and the implications for Israel and the region.

Third annual Rubin Center conference, March 5, 2017. From left to right: Rubin Center Director Dr. Jonathan Spyer, Rubin Center Research Associate Alex Grinberg, Rubin Fellow Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, and Rubin Center Research Associate Dr. Seth Frantzman
Third annual Rubin Center conference, March 5, 2017. From left to right: Rubin Center Director Dr. Jonathan Spyer, Rubin Center Research Associate Alex Grinberg, Rubin Fellow Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, and Rubin Center Research Associate Dr. Seth Frantzman



Media & consultancy


The Rubin Center is regularly sought out by the White House, British Parliament, China, Israel, India, Canada, and the Czech Republic, Finland, Japan, and other governments to advise policymakers, as well as media bodies and human rights NGOs.

 

As part of its consultancy activities, the Rubin Center recently prepared a detailed and innovative report on the Hizballah threat to Israel.

Poster in Damascus of Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah “Have faith in me: To Haifa and far, far beyond Haifa,” (Source: Flickr)
Poster in Damascus of Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah “Have faith in me: To Haifa and far, far beyond Haifa,” (Source: Flickr)

The Rubin Center also publishes in a broad range of media outlets, among them the New York TimesJane’s Intelligence Review, Foreign PolicyWest Point’s CTC SentinelThe American Interestthe National InterestThe Australian, and more.


Read Rubin Center Research Associate Neri Zilber’s “Israel’s Secret Arab Allies” for the New York Times


Rubin Center Research Associate Neri Zilber speaking at third annual Rubin Center conference
Rubin Center Research Associate Neri Zilber speaking at third annual Rubin Center conference


Publications


Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA)
, the Rubin Center’s quarterly journal, with a circulation of over 25,000, covers the latest developments in the region from a wide variety of viewpoints. Get your free subscription today!

 

Rubin Fellow Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi produced a groundbreaking study on Israel’s relations with the Syrian rebels for the center’s Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA), based on extensive Arabic language research and interviews with rebels in the border area.

 

“Numerous articles on Israel’s relations with the Syrian Arab rebels have suffered from an absence of on the ground knowledge and sourcing. This MERIA special report from Rubin Center Fellow Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi represents the most in-depth and serious study on this important issue to have appeared until now.”—Dr. Jonathan Spyer, Editor, MERIA

The rebel-held town of Jubatha al-Khashab just opposite the Druze town of Buq’atha in the Golan Heights (Photo credit: Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi)
The rebel-held town of Jubatha al-Khashab just opposite the Druze town of Buq’atha in the Golan Heights (Photo credit: Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi)

Turkish Studies: Turkey is today undergoing profound, even historic, internal changes. At the same time, it is a major player in regional processes--intervening in Syria in support of the rebels, and standing behind Qatar in its contest with Saudi Arabia. Turkish Studies quarterly, listed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), is among the top three in Google Scholar’s Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies ranking.


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The Rubin Center has produced numerous books on subjects related to the modern Middle East.

As part of our Free Books Project, we continue to offer 13 of Barry Rubin’s books online at no cost, including books covering the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Syria, U.S. policy, Jewish assimilation, and more.


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Expanding our research team


From left to right: Dr. Seth Frantzman, Sarit Zehavi, and Aynur Bashirova
From left to right: Dr. Seth Frantzman, Sarit Zehavi, and Aynur Bashirova

The Rubin Center is happy to welcome Research Associates Dr. Seth Frantzman, a prolific journalist and researcher who travels frequently throughout the region, and Lieutenant-Colonel (Res.) Sarit Zehavi, a former career officer with the research department of IDF Military Intelligence who specializes in the Israel-Lebanon border area. Visiting Fellow Aynur Bashirova, an expert on Israeli-Azerbaijani relations from the Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), has also recently joined the Rubin team.


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The Rubin Center brings you exclusive, on-the-ground coverage as events develop. As it is our duty to make this otherwise inaccessible information available to all, we offer this content at no charge. Our work directly influences policymakers, the media, and also keeps the wider public informed and up-to-date. The Rubin Center relies on your contribution so that we can continue serving you unique, in-depth, and current reporting.

 

 


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Dr. Jonathan Spyer
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Invitation: Symposium in Honor of Barry Rubin: "A New Era? Trump & the Middle East"

The Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs at IDC Herzliya cordially invites you to

A Symposium in Honor of the Late Prof. Barry Rubin:
“A New Era? Trump and the Middle East”


Sunday, March 5th, 2017, at 8:30am
Room EL03, Adelson Building
Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya

8:30 | Reception

8:45 | Opening remarks

Prof. Uriel Reichman, President and Founder, IDC Herzliya

Judith Colp Rubin, Honorary President, Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs, IDC Herzliya

Dr. Jonathan Spyer, Director, Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs,
IDC Herzliya

Symposium on “A New Era? Trump and the Middle East”

9:00 | Session 1: Current Middle East Strategic Issues

Panel Chair: Dr. Jonathan Spyer, Director, Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs, IDC Herzliya

Alex Grinberg, Research Associate, Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs, IDC Herzliya
"Iran and the ‘Fatigue of Islam’ in the West"

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, Rubin Fellow, Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs, IDC Herzliya
“Local Loyalist Militias in Syria”

Dr. Seth Frantzman, Journalist and Op-ed Editor, Jerusalem Post
"Facing the Future and Past: Post-ISIS Middle East and the Kurds"

Dr. Gallia Lindenstrauss, Research Associate, Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)
"Turkey’s Multiple Dilemmas in a Divided Middle East"

10:40 | Break

11:00 | Session 2: The End of the Obama Legacy, Looking to the Future

Panel Chair: Dr. Seth Frantzman, Journalist and Op-ed Editor, Jerusalem Post

Dr. Martin Kramer, President, Shalem College
“America: Great Again in the Middle East?”

Caroline Glick, Journalist and Middle-East Commentator
“Israel’s Opportunity with the Trump Administration”

Neri Zilber, Research Associate, Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs, IDC Herzliya
“The Palestinians Adrift: After Obama, with Trump, Under Abbas”


The event will be conducted in English

To ensure a seat, please RSVP to info@rubincenter.org


Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Rubin Center Needs Your Support / 2016 Activities Update

The Rubin Center needs your support
to continue its groundbreaking research
 

Make your tax-deductible donation today!







Founded by the late Professor Barry Rubin, the Rubin Center is one of the most versatile and active Mid-East research centers in the world. Through its groundbreaking frontline reporting and research, the center makes the most up-to-date, accurate, often otherwise inaccessible information available to policymakers, the broader public, and the media.

As a non-profit organization, the Rubin Center depends on your contributions to continue its work.

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UPDATE:  Some of the projects your tax-deductible donations have supported so far in 2016…

Frontline reporting

Throughout 2016, Rubin Center Director Dr. Jonathan Spyer has continued his frontline reporting of the wars in Syria and Iraq.  Spyer recently visited the Turkish-Syrian border area, reporting on the Turkish-supported rebel militias currently at the forefront of the Turkish incursion into northern Syria; and in Iraqi Kurdistan, reporting on preparations for the offensive to liberate Mosul from Islamic State (IS).  His articles have appeared recently in Jane’s Intelligence Review, The Spectator (UK), and The Australian.  Spyer also recently spent time in Syria with the Syrian Democratic Forces militia, reporting for these and other publications.

Primary research
 

Rubin Fellow Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi has continued to build up his unique archives of over 500 Islamic State documents, creating a vital public resource on the inner workings of the organization (financial accounts, personnel lists, and more). These archives and collections have included many previously unseen documents and texts leaked by Jawad, including important works like Principles in the Administration of the Islamic State (a bureaucratic position paper outline of the state project) and a manual guiding commanders in planning and executing military missions. Britain’s The Guardian has called Jawad’s archive “the most thorough log of Isis documents available to the public.”
 
Jawad also wrote a widely publicized paper for West Point’s CTC Sentinel assessing the Islamic State’s strengths and weaknesses based partly on internal documents.  While with the Rubin Center, Jawad has profiled numerous militias in Syria, including native Syrian Hizballah and the integration of Shi’i militias into the Syrian state apparatus.
 
Rubin Center Director Dr. Jonathan Spyer recently authored a paper on Israel’s strategic doctrine for the Friends of Israel group, and a paper on Iranian regional strategy for the Henry Jackson Society think tank, for which he interviewed senior serving Israeli officials.
 
We are also happy to welcome new Rubin Center Associate Neri Zilber, a journalist and researcher on Middle East politics and culture and an adjunct fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Media and Consultancy
 

As specialists on the ground throughout the Middle East, the Rubin Center frequently consults for governments, including the United States, UK, China, Israel, India, Canada, and the Czech Republic, news media, and academic research. Rubin researchers have been sought out by the White House, the British Parliament, and other Western governments, as well as media bodies and human rights NGOs.
 
In 2016 alone, Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi has been quoted in a wide range of media outlets, academic journals, and government briefings—including in a U.S. House of Representatives memo on investigating financing for terrorism, and by the United Nations on the subject of crimes against the Yazidis in Syria.
 
Jonathan Spyer has recently visited Beijing, Prague, and Washington, D.C.—addressing meetings at Capitol Hill.  He will soon visit New Delhi and Copenhagen as part of the center’s ongoing ties with a number of foreign embassies.

Publications
 

Covering the latest developments in the region from a wide variety of viewpoints, including U.S. policy, radical movements, and minorities, the Rubin Center’s quarterly journal MERIA has a circulation of over 25,000.  Get your free email subscription today!
 
In a crucial geographical and political location, Turkey’s importance is growing rapidly throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the Caucasus. With an upsurge in interest in its history, politics, and foreign policy, Turkish Studies quarterly—listed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)—offers scholarly discussion on these topics and more.
 
Books

The Rubin Center has produced numerous books on subjects related to the modern Middle East.  These include:
With all this going on and much more, the Rubin Center needs your support more urgently than ever.  Donations are tax-deductible within the U.S. (including via PayPal), Israel, and the UK.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Summer 2016)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Huffington Post Reviews Rubin & Schwanitz's Nazis, Islamists: "What We Got Wrong About Nazis And Terrorists"

By Steve Mariotti
Huffington Post, July 7, 2016

“Terrorism, the Skorzeny Syndrome, is flourishing in the modern world, a reminder that Hitler and Nazism are still taking their toll more than three decades after the Third Reich collapsed.”— Glenn B. Infield, biographer of Nazi commander Otto Skorzeny

On November 28, 1941, Adolf Hitler and Arab leader Mohammed Amin al-Husaini had a pivotal 90-minute meeting. New research has revealed that Hitler and the Mufti verbally cemented a pact to exterminate the Jewish population in Europe and in the Middle East.

Adolf Hitler and Mohammed Amin al-Husaini meet in Berlin, 1941

This critical meeting changed the course of history, and it likely represents the dawn of modern-day terrorism, according to the riveting book by Barry Rubin and Wolfgang Schwanitz Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East.

"Riveting book... The Nazi link to Islamic extremism and terrorist tactics is clear... Why aren't our leaders talking about this?"


ISIS’s dream of a border-melting Islamic State echoes Hitler’s efforts to create a Third Reich in Europe. The escalating terror attacks in Orlando, Turkey, Dhaka, the Medina and Baghdad in response to ISIS’s recent loss of territory are reminiscent of terrorist tactics the Nazis resorted to as their dream was crushed near the end of World War II.

Shortly after al-Husaini and Hitler met, Hitler and his inner circle began to plan at the Wannsee Conference how they would carry out the genocide of Europe’s Jews. The alliance between al-Husaini and Hitler would eventually culminate in Nazi leaders relocating to the Middle East after World War II. There, they would spread their socialist and genocidal ideologies while training Arab jihadists in terrorist tactics.

The Nazi Origins Of Modern-Day Terrorism

During the final months of World War II, Hitler saw his dreams for a Third Reich crumble as Allied Forces turned the tides of war. Hitler became increasingly desperate for results and for propaganda wins to maintain morale. He sought counsel from Otto Skorzeny, the leader of Operation Greif, which used German soldiers to infiltrate their opponents by adapting enemy languages, uniforms and customs. Skorzeny was the twisted genius who had dressed Nazi soldiers in American uniforms in an effort to spread rumors of Eisenhower’s assassination and demoralize the Allies. In 1943, Skorzeny led the rescue mission that freed Benito Mussolini from prison. In 1944, he organized a secret unit of German suicide bombers.

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