Richard Melson

January 2006



Professor Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research for International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and a professor at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC).

He is editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal and of Turkish Studies journal.
Professor Rubin's books include: Hating America: A History; Yasir Arafat: A Political Biography; The Tragedy of the Middle East; The Transformation of Palestinian Politics; Revolution Until Victory: The Politics and History of the PLO; Cauldron of Turmoil: America in the Middle East; Istanbul Intrigues; Modern Dictators; Secrets of State: The State Department and the Struggle over U.S. Foreign Policy; Paved with Good Intentions: The American Experience and Iran; The Arab States and the Palestine Conflict; Islamic Fundamentalism in Egyptian Politics; The Great Powers in the Middle East, 1941-1947; Assimilation and Its Discontents; International News and the American Media and How Others Report Us.
He has edited three books on terrorism and From War to Peace, 1973-1993, and co-edited: Anti-American Terrorism and the Middle East; The Israel-Arab Reader; The Armed Forces in the Contemporary Middle East; The Region at the Center of the World: Crises and Quandaries in the Contemporary Persian Gulf; America and Its Allies; Turkey in World Politics; Revolutionaries and Reformers: Contemporary Islamist Movements in the Middle East; Political Parties in Turkey; Turkey and the European Union, Turkey's Economy in Crisis, Critical Essays on Israeli, Society, Politics, and Culture; Iraq's Road to War; The Central American Crisis Reader; The Human Rights Reader and Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy.
Prof. Rubin has written more than 40 book chapters, among them: "U.S. Middle East Policy, 1993," Ami Ayalon, Middle East Contemporary Survey, 1993; "U.S.-Israel Relations and Israel's 1992 Elections," Asher Arian and Michal Shamir, Elections in Israel; "The U.S. and Iraq" and "The PLO and Iraq," Amatzia Baram and Barry Rubin, Iraq's Road to War; "Religion in International Politics," Douglas Johnson and Cynthia Samson, Religion: The Missing Dimension of Statecraft; "The PLO After the Gulf Crisis," Robb Satloff, The Politics of Change in the Middle East; "The Middle East in 1993," Yoshiki Hidaka, Prospects for 1993 [Japanese]; and "U.S. Middle East Policy and the Intifada," Gad Gilbar and Asher Susser, At the Core of the Conflict [Hebrew].
His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, the Jerusalem Post, and many other publications. Dr. Rubin has been on "Nightline," "Face the Nation," "The David Brinkley Show," "CBS News," "The MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour," "The Larry King Show," CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.
He has been a Fulbright and a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow; a U.S. Institute of Peace and Hebrew University Leonard Davis Center grantee. He has taught at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and Georgetown University.
Read Barry Rubin's latest columns here.

Cameron S. Brown is the Deputy Director of the GLORIA Center. Mr. Brown focuses on Israel, U.S. Middle East policy, the Arab World, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. His most recent articles include "Azerbaijani attitudes towards Karabakh and Iranian Azerbaijan," Middle East Journal (Autumn 2004); "Israel’s Counterproliferation Policy: Lessons for Europe," MERIA Journal (September 2004); "Middle Eastern Anti-Americanism, September 11th and After," in Barry Rubin and Judy Colp Rubin (eds.), Loathing America (GLORIA Center, 2004); "Israel's 2003 Elections," MERIA Journal (March 2003); "Observations from Azerbaijan," MERIA Journal (December 2002); "Al-Jazira" in Avraham Sela (ed.) Political Encyclopedia of the Middle East (Continuum Pub. Group, 2002).
Mr. Brown is often interviewed on Israeli television and radio, and his commentary has been published in papers such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Newsday and Canada’s National Post. He holds a masters degree in the Modern Middle East from the Hebrew University and a bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois.

Reuven Paz, Senior Fellow with the Gloria Center, is the founder and director of the Project for the Research of Radical Islamism. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), and has published numerous articles in the fields of Palestinian society and politics, the Israeli Arabs and Palestinian and Arab Islamic movements, Islamic movements and anti-Semitism, Islamist international networks, and terrorist groups and Islamist terrorism. A book, Tangled Web: International Islamist Networking will be published in the summer of 2002 by The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Dr. Jonathan Spyer is a GLORIA fellow and director of the Center's European Affairs. A former official of the Israel Government Press Office, and Advisor on International Affairs at the Ministry of National Infrastructures, he completed his PhD at the London School of Economics. His most recent articles include "Forward to the Past: the one-state 'solution.'" New Zealand International Review (September-October, 2005); "The al-Qa'ida Network and Weapons of Mass Destruction" MERIA Journal (September 2004); "An analytical and historical overview of British policy toward Israel" MERIA Journal (June 2004). He holds a BSc (Econ) from the LSE, and an MSc in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. His commentary on Israeli and Middle Eastern affairs has been published in the British press. Read his recent op-ed articles here.

Ozgul Erdemli is a GLORIA Center fellow. She is assistant editor of Turkish Studies journal and assistant director of the Turkish Studies Institute (TSI) of the GLORIA Center. She was previously a Research Associate at the Eurasian Strategic Studies Center (ASAM) in Ankara, Turkey, and edited its journal, The Review of International Affairs. Ozgul holds an MA degree from the London School of Economics and a BA from Bosphorus University, Istanbul. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. at Middle East Technical University in International Relations.

Keren Ribo, Administrative Director of the GLORIA Center, is also assistant editor of MERIA Journal. She holds a Masters in International Relations from Haifa University and a bachelors degree from the Open University in Israel in Political Science and Communications.

Yeru Aharoni, assistant editor of MERIA Journal and research assistant, holds a B.A. in French and psychology from Bar-Ilan University. She has published articles in News First Class online and for The Israel Cancer Association.

Medi Nahmiyaz, research assistant, is a masters student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Hiram College in Political Science. A native Turkish speaker, Medi is fluent in English, French, and Hebrew.

Dr.Uri Gordon, Chairman of the Advisory Board at the Gloria Center's Turkish Studies Institute, is a retired Israeli career diplomat who served as the first Israeli ambassador to Turkey (1990-3). He received his PhD, in Middle Eastern Studies, from Harvard, and his BA and MA in Islamic Studies and Arabic language and literature, from Hebrew University. He has also served as ambassador to the Philippines and the UN General Assembly.

Deborah Touboul, research assistant, holds a Master's in International Affairs (focus on International Security) from George Washington University; a Licence in Political Science from the Sorbonne, France; and a Bachelor's in Political Science from the College of Charleston. She previously worked for the World Bank and published an article for PRISM entitled, "Francophone Internet Forums Shed Light on Concerns and Issues of Islamists in Europe."

The Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center

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January 3, 2006