Writings by Michael Rubin

Articles by MEF Staff and Fellows
Title Publication Date
The Middle East Studies Mess: Causes and Consequences Australia/Israel Review July 2015
A Watershed Election National Review Online February 1, 2010
Syria's Path to Islamist Terror Middle East Quarterly Winter 2010
The Enduring Iran-Syria-Hezbollah Axis AEI Middle Eastern Outlook December 2009
Not Nearly Enough On Afghanistan Forbes.com December 1, 2009
Don't Sacrifice Human Rights for Iran Diplomacy Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty October 7, 2009
Bad Options on Iran National Review Online October 5, 2009
It takes much more than talk to stop Iran's stonewalling New York Daily News September 30, 2009
British government's deal involving Lockerbie bomber shatters 'Special Relationship' with U.S. New York Daily News September 2, 2009
Iran: Recent Developments and Implications for U.S. Policy House Foreign Affairs Committee July 22, 2009
Our Common Foe National Review July 20, 2009
Kurdish leaders are drunk with power Daily Star (Beirut) July 1, 2009
The Troop Drawdown Could Be Costly for Iraq Wall Street Journal June 30, 2009
Iran, technology, and revolution Middle East Strategy at Harvard June 25, 2009
Silence Is Not Neutrality National Review Online June 23, 2009
Protests aren't enough to topple the Islamic Republic Los Angeles Times June 19, 2009
Don't meddle, but help create a template for Iranians to act Los Angeles Times June 18, 2009
The Obama Effect? New York Daily News June 14, 2009
Sixty Miles from the Capital Weekly Standard May 11, 2009
Just the beginning Bitterlemons International April 30, 2009
A Target of Convenience National Review Online April 21, 2009
Kurdistan's Troubled Democracy Washington Post April 18, 2009
Leaders' mortality may sway Iraq's health Jane's Islamic Affairs Analyst April 17, 2009
What Iran Really Thinks About Talks Wall Street Journal April 13, 2009
Khatami is just Ahmadinejad with a silver tongue The Australian March 25, 2009
Obama Shouldn't Sacrifice Allies To Please Russia Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty March 4, 2009
An Opening to Iran? Weekly Standard February 16, 2009
Diplomacy By Itself Won't Work With Iran Investor's Business Daily February 13, 2009
Diplomacy Cannot Quell Gaza Violence Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty January 5, 2009
Tehran Is The Obstacle To U.S.-Iran Talks Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty November 25, 2008
Syria Can't Be Flipped Forbes.com November 12, 2008
Can a Nuclear Iran Be Contained or Deterred? Middle Eastern Outlook November 5, 2008
The U.S. Should Not Open an Interests Section in Tehran CFR Forum November 4, 2008
Iran's Economy Runs Out Of Steam Forbes.com October 17, 2008
Obama or McCain, Iran stance won't change The Australian October 3, 2008
Getting Religion Wrong Blind Spot: When Journalists Don't Get Religion October 2008
Boxed In: Containing a Nuclear Iran Jane's Intelligence Review October 2008
Iran's Revolutionary Guards - A Rogue Outfit? Middle East Quarterly Fall 2008
Biden's Blink on Iran Washington Post August 26, 2008
. . . And Foreign Policy Moves Front and Center Richmond Times-Dispatch August 12, 2008
Erdogan, Ergenekon, and the Struggle for Turkey Mideast Monitor August 8, 2008
Bush's Disastrous Flip Flop Bitterlemons International August 7, 2008
Obama in Berlin Washington Post July 24, 2008
Now Bush Is Appeasing Iran Wall Street Journal July 21, 2008
Iran's Faltering Economy Euro-Atlantic Quarterly July 2008
Turkey: Erdogan, the AKP, and Secularism Euro-Atlantic Quarterly July 2008
The Case Against Turkey's Ruling Party The American June 20, 2008
Return of the Purple Fingers Washington Post June 9, 2008
Turkey's Putin Deserves to Go Wall Street Journal June 6, 2008
Hillary Clinton's right to say 'obliterate' New York Daily News May 7, 2008
Turkey's Uncertain Future The American April 30, 2008
Turkey's Turning Point National Review Online April 14, 2008
Rose-Colored Foreign Policy Wall Street Journal April 14, 2008
Iran's Global Ambition AEI Middle Eastern Outlook March 17, 2008
The Iranian Elections Euro-Atlantic Quarterly March 2008
Turkey and Democracy Euro-Atlantic Quarterly March 2008
European Libyan Policy is Cynical Bitterlemons International February 28, 2008
ElBaradei's Real Agenda Wall Street Journal February 25, 2008
Unintelligence on Iranian Nukes Weekly Standard February 25, 2008
The Proposed U.S. Security Commitment to Iraq House Foreign Affairs Committee January 23, 2008
Dissident Watch: Mahmoud Salehi Middle East Quarterly Winter 2008
Is Iraqi Kurdistan a Good Ally? AEI Middle Eastern Outlook January 2008
The Extension of the United Nations Mandate for Iraq House Foreign Affairs Committee December 19, 2007
Turkey's Terror Problem Is Ours Wall Street Journal December 18, 2007
Iran's nuke news shows danger of trusting this regime New York Daily News December 5, 2007
Are President Bush's recent statements on Iran dangerously provocative? Congressional Quarterly November 16, 2007
The Guldimann Memorandum Weekly Standard October 22, 2007
A Lever of Change in Iran Washington Post October 19, 2007
Grandstanding Has Consequences National Review Online October 15, 2007
Russian Roulette on Iran Wall Street Journal October 3, 2007
President Bush's Broken Promises Wall Street Journal July 31, 2007
U.S. Policy Options in the Iraq Crisis U.S. House of Representatives July 17, 2007
Opposing view: Don't blink, don't back down USA Today July 2, 2007
U.S. Policy: Back to the Future Aspenia June 2007
Asymmetrical Threat Concept and its Reflections on International Security Strategic Research and Study Center May 31, 2007
Enabling Kurdish Illusions Weekly Standard March 19, 2007
Iraq in Books Middle East Quarterly Spring 2007
Table Talk Wall Street Journal February 21, 2007
Hamas' international strategy works Bitterlemons International February 8, 2007
Privatize the CIA Weekly Standard February 5, 2007
Will Turkey Have an Islamist President? AEI Middle Eastern Outlook February 2, 2007
How to make '07 Ahmadinejad's last year in power New York Daily News January 3, 2007
Dissident Watch: Mansour Osanlou Middle East Quarterly Winter 2007
Specter, colleagues travel abroad, but bid for dialogue yields little Philadelphia Inquirer December 28, 2006
Is American Support for Middle Eastern Dissidents the Kiss of Death? AEI Middle Eastern Outlook December 5, 2006
What went wrong: A sober look at Iraq National Review Online December 4, 2006
"Arabs may one day miss George W. Bush" Daily Star (Beirut) December 1, 2006
Right war, botched occupation USA Today November 27, 2006
Nurture Iraqi democracy, from the ground up Los Angeles Times November 16, 2006
Rumsfeld and the Realists Wall Street Journal November 13, 2006
Why withdrawal from Iraq is the worst option Financial Times October 26, 2006
Conclusion First, Debate Afterwards Weekly Standard October 20, 2006
"Mr. Erdogan's Turkey" Wall Street Journal October 19, 2006
Misguided reconciliation with Baathists Philadelphia Inquirer October 19, 2006
To end Iran standoff, plan for war New York Daily News October 3, 2006
The U.S. vs. Iran Wall Street Journal September 20, 2006
Last Chance for Iraq? National Review September 11, 2006
Can Iran Be Trusted? AEI Middle Eastern Outlook September 1, 2006
"Is the West Racist Toward Muslims and Arabs?" Bitterlemons International August 31, 2006
An Arrow in Our Quiver National Review August 28, 2006
All Talk and No Strategy: The limits of diplomacy Weekly Standard July 24, 2006
Sending in the peacekeepers is a fool's game New York Daily News July 20, 2006
Multilateralism - A Diplomatic Mantra Die Presse July 19, 2006
Iran Against the Arabs Wall Street Journal July 19, 2006
Eradication First: Before diplomacy National Review Online July 17, 2006
Fight for Mideast democracy faltering Philadelphia Inquirer July 14, 2006
Political Strategies to Counterterrorism The Evolving Threat: International Terrorism in the post 9-11 Era July 12, 2006
The US defends its allies Bitterlemons International July 6, 2006
Dangerous Cycle National Review Online July 6, 2006
Bubba Dubya? Weekly Standard June 19, 2006
Damage Is Done National Review Online June 1, 2006
Dissident Watch: Yücel Aşkın Middle East Quarterly Summer 2006
Diplomacy is not enough Prospect June 2006
The Tyranny Doctrine Los Angeles Times May 26, 2006
I Was an Icelandic "War Criminal" National Review Online May 12, 2006
Putting politics before pacifism Philadelphia Inquirer May 9, 2006
Nuclear Hostage Crisis Wall Street Journal April 14, 2006
Dissident Watch: Kamal Sayid Qadir Middle East Quarterly Spring 2006
Patterns of Discontent: Will History Repeat in Iran? Middle East Review of International Affairs March 2006
Are We Playing for Keeps? Wall Street Journal February 27, 2006
Hitting the Mark on Iran FrontPageMagazine.com January 27, 2006
Iran Means What It Says AEI Online: On the Issues January 25, 2006
The Radioactive Republic of Iran Wall Street Journal January 16, 2006
Monsters of the Left: The Mujahedin al-Khalq FrontPageMagazine.com January 13, 2006
Don't Dismiss Iranian Rhetoric Týždeň January 2, 2006
Iraqi Beacon Wall Street Journal December 14, 2005
Turkey's No Casual Dining National Review Online December 12, 2005
How to Deal with Kidnappings in Iraq Rivista di Intelligence December 2005
Iraq's Comeback Kid National Review November 29, 2005
The Middle East's real bane: corruption Daily Star (Beirut) November 18, 2005
Domestic Threats to Iranian Stability: Khuzistan and Baluchistan JCPA Jerusalem Issue Brief November 13, 2005
The Same War New York Sun November 2, 2005
Iraq, Unplugged National Review Online November 1, 2005
From Baghdad to Beirut, Arab Leaders Being Held To Account Forward October 28, 2005
Turkish Turn Back? National Review Online October 19, 2005
With Freedom Comes Politics Wall Street Journal October 18, 2005
Iraq and the Democratization of the Middle East La Rivoluzione Democratica Contro Il Terrorismo October 14, 2005
Only threat of force will tame Tehran The Observer October 9, 2005
Will They or Won't They? National Review Online October 3, 2005
Lebanon's Tenuous Transformation Aspenia October 2005
Who killed the Bush doctrine? Haaretz September 30, 2005
"The Arafat Model" National Review September 12, 2005
The Future of Iraq: Democracy, Civil War, or Chaos? Middle East Review of International Affairs September 2005
Less Is More in Iraq Washington Post August 9, 2005
The Price of Compromise New York Sun August 8, 2005
Fried in Turkey National Review Online August 2, 2005
Washington Must Plan Today For Democratic Iran of Tomorrow Forward July 8, 2005
Academic Standards, R.I.P. FrontPageMagazine.com June 14, 2005
Our Ally Down Under: The strongest Anglosphere link National Review June 7, 2005
Islamists are intrinsically anti-democratic Bitterlemons International June 2, 2005
Let Iraq handle Sunnis Baltimore Sun May 10, 2005
Soothing rhetoric - scary reality Haaretz May 6, 2005
That Occupation Feeling National Review Online April 18, 2005
A comedy of errors: American-Turkish Diplomacy and the Iraq War Turkish Policy Quarterly Spring 2005
Will Washington Support Democracy in Iran? JCPA Jerusalem Issue Brief February 13, 2005
Iraq has voted Wall Street Journal January 31, 2005
Unilateral withdrawal is irresponsible Haaretz January 28, 2005
A Fresh Start National Review Online January 28, 2005
Bush Marches Into a Second Term, His Agenda Set by Mideast Foes Forward January 28, 2005
Democracy on the Wing Washington Post January 26, 2005
Listen to the Iraqis National Review Online January 7, 2005
Green Money, Islamist Politics in Turkey Middle East Quarterly Winter 2005
Vacancy National Review Online December 10, 2004
Tapping the hornets' nest Haaretz December 10, 2004
What's Going Right in Iraq Los Angeles Times October 24, 2004
Iraq's Electoral System: A Misguided Strategy Arab Reform Bulletin September 2004
Losing the Shia National Review Online August 19, 2004
Shifting Sides? National Review Online August 10, 2004
Talking Turkey National Review Online August 6, 2004
The PKK Factor National Review Online August 5, 2004
Academia gone awry Jerusalem Post July 15, 2004
Same Qaddafi National Review Online June 29, 2004
CPA, R.I.P. National Review Online June 28, 2004
The Wrong Elections For Iraq Washington Post June 19, 2004
How to Free Iraq Middle East Quarterly Winter 2002
Afghanistan: As Bad as Its Reputation? Middle East Quarterly September 2000
Iran's "Dialogue of Civilizations" - A First-Hand Account Middle East Quarterly March 2000
On the Road: Coping in Islamic Iran Middle East Quarterly June 1997
Audio, Video and Transcripts
Title Publication Date
Preventing a Nuclear Iran MEF Wire March 19, 2012
Iraq, a test case for democracy? MEF Wire October 12, 2004
Sanctions Have Helped Northern Iraq MEF Wire July 10, 2001