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The Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, founded by the late Barry Rubin, is a research center located at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (IDC). IDC is Israel’s first private institution of higher learning. We focus on the modern Middle East and its relations with other regions, through a unique and creative application of new information technologies to scholarly and analytical work. We believe that these new tools can revolutionize the study of international affairs. Our basic conception in this regard is presented in our article “Bringing Middle East (and International Affairs) Studies into the Twenty-First Century.”
Prof. 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).
Dr. Jonathan Spyer
Director of the GLORIA Center
Dr. Jonathan Spyer is Director of the Rubin Center and a fellow at the Middle East Forum. He is the author of The Transforming Fire: The Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict (Continuum, 2010) and a columnist at the Jerusalem Post newspaper. 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.
Dr. Reuven Paz (1950-2015)
Senior Research Fellow at the GLORIA Center
He was the Founder and Director of the Project for the Research of Islamic Movements (PRISM), specializing in Islam and Islamic movements in the Arab and Muslim world, the Arab minority in Israel, and Islamism. He published numerous articles relating to Palestinian society and politics, global jihad, and Islamism. Previously, he was head of the Israeli General Security Service research department. He also lectured at the University of Haifa and was the Academic Director for the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism. Paz received his Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history from the University of Haifa. He authored several books on the Islamist movement and has given expert testimony in court cases in the United States on several occasions.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang G. Schwanitz
Visiting Professor at the GLORIA Center
Wolfgang G. Schwanitz is a leading historian of the Middle East. A native of East Germany, he was raised in Egypt and obtained his doctorate in Middle Eastern Studies from Leipzig University. He has taught at five German and American universities, served as head of Middle Eastern history at the Academy of Science in Berlin, and worked there 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 author of five and the editor of ten books, Prof. Schwanitz has published some 150 scholarly articles and over 400 newspaper and magazine pieces on modern Middle Eastern history and international relations. He also researches and teaches Arabic, world history, and Middle Eastern history at Burlington County College in Pemberton, New Jersey, and Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey (2004–08). He has been a visiting professor at the GLORIA Center since 2007 and Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum of Philadelphia since 2012.
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 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 http://www.aymennjawad.org.
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.