Monday, February 03, 2014

'Jerusalem Post' columnist Barry Rubin dies


Longtime "Post" columnist, Middle East scholar, and author passes away at the age of 64.

Barry Rubin
Barry Rubin. Photo: Courtesy
Veteran Middle East scholar and commentator Barry Rubin died on Monday, his family announced.
A longtime columnist for The Jerusalem Post, Barry was director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA), and a professor at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya.

Rubin was also the author of several books including Israel: An Introduction,  The Israel-Arab Reader, The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East and The Truth About Syria.

A former Fulbright fellow, Rubin taught at the American University, Bar-Ilan University, Georgetown University, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Monash University, Haifa University, Tel Aviv University, and other institutions of higher learning.

He served as a Council on Foreign Relations fellow and was a  recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships from institutions such as the US Institute of Peace and Hebrew University's Leonard Davis Center.

The American-born Rubin received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University.
Barry Rubin is survived by his wife Judith Colp Rubin and their two children.

Comment: Dr. Rubin, Barry to his many friends and colleagues, was a giant of a human being.  I last spoke with him in December-he had begun treatments. Condolences, prayers and love I send to his family and his children-this man was someone special and we all grieve with his passing.  More to be written at a later time-thank you Dr. Rubin, we understand what to do.

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