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Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin

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

ISIS

The Institute for Gulf Affairs, a Washington-based think tank focusing on Saudi Arabia, usually from a critical perspective, has an interesting new report out alleging...

Earlier this week, I highlighted linguist Steven Ditto’s monograph detailing Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s past record. While many supporters of rapprochement with Iran argue that...
tehran stock exchange

For Iranian leadership, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was more about easing pressure on Iran’s economy and less about foreswearing an illegal nuclear...
rouhani

There’s a pattern in American analysis of and diplomacy toward Iran in which analysts project their own wishes and desires upon so-called reformers. Take former President...
human rights

I’ve written over the years about how the partisan political agenda of human rights activists and groups erodes the legitimacy of many mainstream groups advocating...
memorial day

For too many Americans, Memorial Day is a day off from school or work, or the beginning of the summer barbecue season. Of course, it...
iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran may not be a democracy, but Iran’s leadership does take voter turnout seriously. The Supreme Leader regularly beseeches Iranians to...
lebanon

It’s now been more than a decade since Hezbollah launched a cross-border attack on Israel and precipitated a war that devastated south Lebanon and parts...
Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia highlighted not only the U.S. alliance with the desert kingdom but also Saudi Arabia’s deplorable human rights record...
Turkey

Much has been written about Turkey’s turn toward Islamism and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's growing autocracy. Turkish officials and their proxies argue, however, that Turkey remains...

The Israeli government is reportedly considering whether or not to downgrade Arabic as an official language. If a bill submitted to the Knesset passes, Arabic...
isis

For many would-be Islamist glory-seekers who wanted to participate in the restoration and expansion of a caliphate, who sought glory and brotherhood and also were...