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Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Iran nuclear deal

At both The Weekly Standard and the Jerusalem Post, the Foundation for Defense of Democracy’s Benjamin Weinthal exposes German intelligence reports that suggest that the...
Turkey

John Bass, the U.S. ambassador to Turkey, gave a speech at the Istanbul consulate’s Independence Day reception, in which he urged Turks not to make...
Mosul

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi visited Mosul to declare victory in the eight-month struggle to liberate Iraq’s second largest city from the grip of the...
Iran

On June 18, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps launched missiles into Syria in retaliation for a terrorist attack on Iran’s parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s tomb...
Saudi

Washington’s partisan vitriol has infected the Middle East policy debate. The problem traces to the 2003 Iraq War. While there was bipartisan support for the...
Iran

On June 18, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps launched missiles at Syrian opposition bases. While Iranian officials previously said that their missiles could strike with...

When it comes to diplomacy and defense, much of the focus on Donald Trump both during the campaign and his first months in office has...

In 1953, the Central Intelligence Agency helped plan and then participated in a coup to overthrow Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh. Much mythology surrounds the...
Afghanistan

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress that the United States was “not winning” in Afghanistan. That is the understatement of the year. While...
Polisario

Palestinian efforts to win unilateral recognition through international organizations like UNESCO and organizational courts like that of the international soccer federation FIFA have long been...

Look at any map and the Middle East is a region of straight-line states, a sure sign of the artificiality of borders. Not all states...
qatar

It’s now been more than a week since several Arab states and the Maldives not only severed diplomatic relations with Qatar but also began to...