May 29, 2016


The Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs (formerly the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center), founded by the late Professor Barry Rubin, is a research center located at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel’s first private institution of higher learning.

The Rubin Center produces up-to-date, accurate analysis and reporting on modern Middle East affairs, using primary sources and exclusive on-the-ground contacts throughout the region. Rubin Center researchers regularly visit the region, witnessing developments first-hand. In addition to its frontline reporting, the Rubin Center offers consultancy services to government, news media, and academic institutions.

Our quarterly journal, the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) covers the latest developments in the region from a wide variety of viewpoints, including U.S. policy, radical movements, and minorities, and has a circulation of over 25,000. The center also publishes Turkish Studies quarterly, which is listed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and focuses on the history, politics, and foreign policy of modern Turkey.

Our Staff

Barry Rubin-for siteProf. Barry Rubin (1955-2014)
Founder of the Global Research for International Affairs (GLORIA) Center

Founding editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal and editor of Turkish Studies journal. He was the author of many books, including The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan).  His final books, published in 2014, are Silent Revolution: How the Left Rose to Political Power (Broadside Books) and, with co-author Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, Nazis, Islamists and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Yale University Press).

rubins resized Judith Colp Rubin
Honorary President of the Rubin Center

Judith Colp Rubin is a writer and co-author with Barry Rubin of Yasir Arafat: A Political Biography; Hating America: A History; and the Chronologies of Modern Terrorism.   She was publisher and editor-in-chief of Women’s International Net online magazine. She has served as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East for various American newspapers, and was a Washington, DC-based journalist. She is currently writing fiction.

Jonathan Spyer-newDr. Jonathan Spyer
Director of the Rubin Center

Dr. Jonathan Spyer is Director of the Rubin Center and Editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA). He is also a fellow at the Middle East Forum. Spyer holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a Master’s Degree in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He writes the weekly “Behind the Lines” column at the Jerusalem Post newspaper and is a regular contributor to Weekly Standard magazine and to Jane’s Intelligence Review.  He has been published in many leading journals including the Times (of London), the Wall Street Journal, the GuardianHa’aretz, the Atlantic, the Australian, the National PostGlobe and MailJerusalem ReportTablet magazine, and many others.  He is also a frequent guest analyst on electronic media and has appeared on CNN, al-Jazeera, Fox News, BBC World, Sky News, and other outlets.  In recent years, he has become particularly known for his field reporting and analysis of the war in Syria. He is the author of Nationalism in the Middle East (Mason Crest, 2007) and  The Transforming Fire: the Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict (Continuum, 2010).

Yeru Chernilovsky
Director of Management & Publications

Yeru holds a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from Tel Aviv University. She earned her B.A. in French and psychology from Bar-Ilan University. Her research interests include minorities and women in the Middle East. She is co-author of “The Berbers” in The Middle East: A Guide to Politics, Economics, Society, and Culture (M.E. Sharpe, 2011).

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Rubin Fellow

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi is a graduate from Brasenose College, Oxford University, with a degree in Classics and Oriental Studies. His research interests primarily concern Iraq and Syria, focusing on armed groups on all sides of the conflicts therein. He is also the Jihad-Intel Research Specialist at the Middle East Forum. His website is


Wolfgang G. Schwanitz-croppedProf. Dr. Wolfgang G. Schwanitz
Visiting Professor

Wolfgang G. Schwanitz is a leading historian of the Middle East. A native of East Germany, he was raised in Egypt. He holds a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from Leipzig University, German. He has taught at several German and American universities. He was head of Middle Eastern history at the Academy of Science in Berlin, where he also worked at the Max Planck Society’s Orient Center. He has been a visiting fellow at the French Center in Cairo, Princeton University, and the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. The has authored and edited numerous books, in addition to over 150 scholarly articles on modern Middle Eastern history and international relations. He  was a researcher and lecturer of Arabic, world history, and Middle Eastern history at Burlington County College in Pemberton, New Jersey, and Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum of Philadelphia.

  Alex Grinberg2Alex Grinberg
Research Associate at the Rubin Center

Alex Grinberg is a former Iran analyst at the Research Department of the Directorate of  Military Intelligence (Aman). He is fluent in Arabic, Farsi, French, English, Spanish, Russian, and Hebrew. He is a doctoral student at Tel Aviv University, writing his dissertation on religious thought in Pahlavi Iran. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Arabic language and literature and Middle East Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also a language and cultural analyst for

DaDave McAvoyve McAvoy
Research Associate at the Rubin Center

Dave McAvoy is an expert on the Arabic-language media based in London who lived and studied Arabic in Damascus. With a background in television production, his research focuses on Arab Satellite TV news coverage, which he has been following for a decade. His articles have appeared on Harry’s Place and in The National, among other media outlets.

Melis EvcimikMelis Evcimik
Assistant Editor, Turkish Studies

Melis Evcimik is a Ph.D. student at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. She worked at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as research assistant for the Program on Contemporary Turkey. Her area of interest is contemporary Middle East foreign policy with a special focus on Turkish-Israeli bilateral ties. She has been working as an assistant editor for Turkish Studies journal since 2010.