Michael Rubin is a former Pentagon official whose major research areas are the Middle East, Turkey, Iran and diplomacy. Rubin instructs senior military officers deploying to the Middle East and Afghanistan on regional politics, and teaches classes regarding Iran, terrorism, and Arab politics on board deploying U.S. aircraft carriers. Rubin has lived in post-revolution Iran, Yemen, both pre- and post-war Iraq, and spent time with the Taliban before 9/11. His newest book, Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimesexamines a half century of U.S. diplomacy with rogue regimes and terrorist groups.
Syrian President Bashar Assad winning the Syrian civil war is akin to dying of a heart attack, but a Syrian opposition victory is the equivalent of dying from cancer. Unfortunately, the time for preventive medicine was more than three years ago.
We invite you to tune into this Google Hangout conversation during which AEI foreign and defense policy scholars will discuss the implications of ISIS’s rise and the effect of US airstrikes thus far in Iraq.
Albert Einstein quipped that insanity is undertaking the same action repeatedly but expecting a different result each time. By that definition, there’s a lot of craziness in Foggy Bottom and Turtle Bay. If the goal is peace between Israelis and Palestinians, perhaps it is time to dispense with conventional wisdom and formulas of the past and instead reconsider what might actually work.
AEI resident scholar Michael Rubin and senior research associate Ahmad Majidyar have released a booklet highlighting the diversity of Shi’ite communities in the Middle East, the political and diplomatic issues unique to each one, and efforts by each to resist Iranian political and religious domination.