July 29, 2015


IMPLICATIONS FOR ISRAEL IN A TRANSFORMED MIDDLE EAST

The following transcript discusses the implications for Israel… [more]

IMPLICATIONS FOR ISRAEL IN A TRANSFORMED MIDDLE EAST IMPLICATIONS FOR ISRAEL IN A TRANSFORMED MIDDLE EAST

EUROPE AND THE CHANGING MIDDLE EAST

The following transcript addresses European domestic and foreign… [more]

EUROPE AND THE CHANGING MIDDLE EAST EUROPE AND THE CHANGING MIDDLE EAST

BARRY RUBIN’S LEGACY AND THE STUDY OF U.S. MIDDLE EAST POLICY

In the following transcript Dr. Martin Kramer recounts his friendship… [more]

BARRY RUBIN’S LEGACY AND THE STUDY OF U.S. MIDDLE EAST POLICY BARRY RUBIN’S LEGACY AND THE STUDY OF U.S. MIDDLE EAST POLICY

THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND REGIONAL INSTABLITY

The following transcript addresses the Iranian nuclear program… [more]

THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND REGIONAL INSTABLITY THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND REGIONAL INSTABLITY

Lecture in Jerusalem, 23/7

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Lecture in Jerusalem, 23/7 Lecture in Jerusalem, 23/7

The Reemergence of Jaysh Muhammad in Bilad al-Sham

After many months of social media absence, the jihadi group Jaysh… [more]

The Reemergence of Jaysh Muhammad in Bilad al-Sham The Reemergence of Jaysh Muhammad in Bilad al-Sham

Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: “Course in Monotheism”- Complete Text, Translation and Analysis

Preface and Commentary As mentioned in previous excerpt posts… [more]

Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: “Course in Monotheism”- Complete Text, Translation and Analysis Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: "Course in Monotheism"- Complete Text, Translation and Analysis

HIZBALLAH, THE JIHAD IN SYRIA, AND COMMEMORATIONS IN LEBANON

This report--in part based on a two-week trip to Lebanon in April… [more]

HIZBALLAH, THE JIHAD IN SYRIA, AND COMMEMORATIONS IN LEBANON HIZBALLAH, THE JIHAD IN SYRIA, AND COMMEMORATIONS IN LEBANON

TRIBES WITH MICS: THE SUNNI-SHI’I BATTLE ON THE ARAB-LANGUAGE NEWS AIRWAVES

The decline of America’s influence in the Arab World has coincided… [more]

TRIBES WITH MICS: THE SUNNI-SHI’I BATTLE ON THE ARAB-LANGUAGE NEWS AIRWAVES TRIBES WITH MICS: THE SUNNI-SHI’I BATTLE ON THE ARAB-LANGUAGE NEWS AIRWAVES

Lecture in Jerusalem, 23/7

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The Reemergence of Jaysh Muhammad in Bilad al-Sham

After many months of social media absence, the jihadi group Jaysh Muhammad in Bilad al-Sham under Abu Obeida al-Masri has recently advertised its presence in the city of Idlib city as part of the Jaysh al-Fatah jihadi-rebel coalition that conquered … [Read more...]

Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: “Course in Monotheism”- Complete Text, Translation and Analysis

Preface and Commentary As mentioned in previous excerpt posts (here and here), the textbook "Muqarrar fi al-Tawhid" (Course in Tawheed/Monotheism) is the book that must be learned and understood by training camp recruits if they are to pass the … [Read more...]

The Coastal Shield Brigade: A New Pro-Assad Militia

Emblem of the Coastal Shield Brigade. On top: "Coastal Shield Brigade." In middle (with portrait of Bashar al-Assad): "Republican Guard. Knights of Assad." On bottom: "Syrian Arab Army." As the Syrian civil war has dragged on with no recent decisive … [Read more...]

A Saudi-Israeli Silent Partnership? Unofficial Signals Indicate “Yes”

The following article was previously published on Mida, March 12, 2014 The leading Saudi paper al-Sharq al-Awsat recently featured articles discussing recognition of Israel as a Jewish State, harsh criticism of the Palestinian authority and even … [Read more...]

Pragmatism and Openness – Saudi Style

The following article was previously published on Mida, March 6, 2014 Liberal? Moderate? These are words one would not generally associate with a theocratic kingdom which regularly tramples the rights of foreign workers and women • Only by … [Read more...]

Opening the “Gates of Evil”

Sunni Arabs see deal as facilitating further Iranian regional subversion, confirming U.S. withdrawal from the Middle East The response in the Arabic-speaking world to the conclusion of a deal between the P5+1 countries and the Islamic Republic … [Read more...]

Iran Nuclear Deal I24 News Interview (in Arabic)

Rubin Center Research Associate and Iran analyst Alex Grinberg is interviewed on I24's Arabic channel.  The discussion focuses on Iranian popular reaction to the nuclear deal and Iranian hopes for economic improvements as a result of the agreement. … [Read more...]

Coming of Age in Sinai

The Sinai-based Islamic State affiliate Wilayat al-Sina (Sinai Province) claimed responsibility for the firing of three Grad rockets at Israel on July 3. This attack, which caused no casualties, came closely after a large-scale assault by the group … [Read more...]

The Ghosts of Old Baghdad

A few hours in the Shorja open market in Baghdad can teach you a lot – about the Middle East’s past, its present and its apparent future. What’s to be found there is informative. What is absent – equally so. My fixer Yusuf hadn’t … [Read more...]

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