Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA)
Prof. Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal, and a featured columnist for PajamasMedia at http://pajamasmedia.com/barryrubin/. His latest books are 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)
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The pictures and information were obtained by Rubin Center Director Dr. Jonathan Spyer on a 2014 reporting trip into Kobani.
Using our network of contacts in the relevant professional echelon, the Rubin Center obtained a preliminary confirmation of the likely truth of claims of CW use, following which we published a world exclusive on this crucial development.
Ten months later, the result of exhaustive investigations by the relevant agencies of Western governments have confirmed our initial findings.
The Rubin Center was first to bring this war crime of the most heinous nature to the world’s attention, months in advance of any other body. This early warning confirms the usefulness of the methods the Rubin Center has been pioneering in the field of Middle East research. These methods involve the combination of field reporting and the maintenance of an extensive network of sources throughout the Middle East, with access to relevant professional agencies and adherence to the highest standards of research methodology.
The CW report is only one example of the fruits of our research over the last year. Rubin Research Fellow Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi’s groundbreaking work in obtaining, translating, and making available administrative documents of the Islamic State has obtained wide recognition. While the majority of research on IS has focused only or mainly on their murderous activities, Tamimi’s work draws a deeper and more complex picture of this dangerous phenomenon–one that is essential if it is to be understood and defeated.
In other areas, too, our work has placed us ahead of the game. The Rubin Center was the first to flag the role of Iran-supported Shi’i militias as playing a vital role in the battle against IS in Iraq. Spyer and Tamimi’s December 2014 article addressed this issue and the problematic implications for Western policy vis-à-vis Iraq and Syria months before it had become a noted phenomenon.
Jonathan Spyer is also one of the few Western researchers to have embedded with the Shi’i militias, gaining exclusive access to the highest levels of command and visiting frontline positions of the militias in Anbar Province and the Baiji area of Iraq.
The Rubin Center is also pleased to announce the addition of Research Associate Alex Grinberg, a former officer of IDF Military Intelligence and an Iran specialist, and Arabic-language media expert Dave McAvoy, who has been closely following Arabic TV news coverage for a decade.
The Rubin Center–founded by the late Prof. Barry Rubin, one of the most prolific and dedicated Middle East scholars of our time–is a non-profit, self-funded organization. Now, when factual information and a clear picture of the situation in the Middle East are more important than ever, the Rubin Center needs your support in order to continue its groundbreaking research.
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The following transcript discusses the implications for Israel in light of the instability in the Middle East since the Arab Spring and Iran’s nuclear and hegemonial ambitions. It is part of a symposium entitled, “Regime Collapse and Sectarian War: Where is the Middle East Headed?” The symposium was held on March 15, 2015, to mark […]
The following transcript addresses European domestic and foreign policy since the start of the Arab Spring and in light of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. It also discusses increasing antisemitism in Europe. It is part of a symposium entitled, “Regime Collapse and Sectarian War: Where is the Middle East Headed?” The symposium was held on March 15, […]
In the following transcript Dr. Martin Kramer recounts his friendship and long acquaintance with Prof. Barry Rubin and their shared interest in U.S. Middle East policy, noting Rubin’s deep concerns regarding the Obama administration in this regard. Also discussed is the administration’s view of the region, contending that it has an appeal to the traditional […]
The following transcript addresses the Iranian nuclear program and the P5+1 negotiations as well as Iran’s role in the ongoing Middle East turmoil. It is part of a symposium entitled, “Regime Collapse and Sectarian War: Where is the Middle East Headed?” The symposium was held on March 15, 2015, to mark the launch of the […]
This article estimates the probable conflict intensity in connection with Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS and ISIL) terrorism. Based on Pew data, covering 2/5 of the global Muslim population, it is estimated that 17.38 percent of Muslims worldwide openly express terror sympathies (five terrorism support indicators used). Quantitative estimates on terror support rates […]
This report–in part based on a two-week trip to Lebanon in April 2015–examines the role of Hizballah in the ongoing Syrian civil war, particularly its relation with the wider Shi’i jihadi militia efforts in support of the Assad regime. The article also examines “martyrdom” commemorations for Hizballah fighters killed in Syria, with a collection of […]
The decline of America’s influence in the Arab World has coincided with the rise of Iran’s and the collapse of Middle East’s old order. The result is a power vacuum manifesting itself in a series of regional proxy wars such as those in Syria and Yemen. Not only is a battle between the Gulf States […]