Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin (born 1971) is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He previously worked as an official at the Pentagon, where he dealt with issues relating to the Middle East, and as political adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority.[1]

Michael Rubin
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
EducationYale University, B.S. Biology, 1994 Yale University, Ph.D. History, 1999


Early lifeEdit

A native of Philadelphia, Rubin earned both his B.A. in biology (1994) and his Ph.D. in history (1999) from Yale University.[1] His dissertation, The Making of Modern Iran, 1858–1909: Communications, Telegraph and Society won Yale's John Addison Porter Prize.[2]


Rubin has lectured in history at Yale University, Hebrew University, Johns Hopkins University, and worked as visiting lecturer at Universities of Sulaymaniyah, Salahuddin, and Duhok, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. From 2002 until 2004, Rubin served as a staff adviser on Iran and Iraq for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.[3] Between 2003 and 2004, Rubin worked as a political adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad.[4]

Between 2004 and 2009, he was editor of the Middle East Quarterly. He has received fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations,[5] and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

Since 2007 he has taught senior U.S. Army, U.S. Marine, and U.S. Navy leadership prior to their deployment to Iraq, the Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan as a lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School.[6]


In December 2017, Turkish national offered a reward of 3-million Turkish lira (almost $800,000) for help in delivering Rubin to Turkey to answer Turkish terrorism allegations in connection with the 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt.[7]


  • Seven Pillars: What Really Causes Instability in the Middle East? (Co-editor with Brian Katulus, AEI Press, 2019)
  • Kurdistan Rising (AEI Press, 2016)
  • Michael Rubin. Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes. New York: Encounter Books, 2014. (ISBN 978-1594037238)
  • The Shi'ites of the Middle East (co-author, AEI Press, 2014)
  • Dissent and Reform in the Arab World (editor, AEI Press, 2008)
  • Patrick Clawson and Michael Rubin. Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. (ISBN 978-1403962768)
  • Michael Rubin. Into the Shadows: Radical Vigilantes in Khatami's Iran. Washington: Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 2001. (ISBN 9780944029459)


  1. ^ a b "Michael Rubin | AEI Scholar". AEI. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  2. ^ Yale University, "Democracy, Security, and Justice" lecture series, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-05-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link).
  3. ^ Press Release, "Michael Rubin Appointed Middle East Quarterly Editor", http://www.meforum.org/press/613.
  4. ^ "Seven Years In, Assessing Value Of Iraq War". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  5. ^ Council on Foreign Relations Annual Report (2002), http://www.cfr.org/content/about/annual_report/ar_2002/032-39.pdf.
  6. ^ "Michael Rubin | AEI Scholar". AEI. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  7. ^ Kredo, Adam (2017-12-12). "Turkey Places Bounty on Two Former U.S. Government Officials". Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved 2019-04-11.

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