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February 3rd, 2014; Sadly this morning, we received news that our friend and contributor Barry Rubin passed away following a 18 month battle with cancer. We will remember him as an authority on Middle Eastern and strategic affairs and for his unique insights in several issues. May his memory be a blessing forever.

Prof. Barry Rubin Z”L — was director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal, Middle East editor and featured columnist at PajamasMedia and the journal Turkish Studies. He wrote the Middle East column for the Jerusalem Post. His latest books were Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Yale University Press, February 2014), The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan). His book, Israel: An Introduction, is published by Yale University Press in January 2012.

His articles also have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Journal of Democracy, Middle East Quarterly, The National Interest, the Washington Quarterly, The New Republic, and many other publications. Prof. 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. Among the newspapers around the world for which he has written are La Vanguardia in Spain, the Frankfurter Zeitung in Germany; the National Post, Globe and Mail in Canada; La Opinion, Liberal Forum, and Limes in Italy; The Age, The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Australian Financial Review in Australia; and Zaman, Referens, and Radikal in Turkey.

He has been a Fulbright, Council on Foreign Relations Fellow, and Washington Institute for Near East Policy fellow; as well as a U.S. Institute of Peace and Hebrew University Leonard Davis Center grantee. He has taught at American University, Bar-Ilan University, Georgetown University Hebrew University, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Monash University, and Tel Aviv University. Prof. Rubin held his doctorate from Georgetown University.

The website of the GLORIA Center is at GLORIA-Center. He blogged at Rubin Reports.

— For all the exclusive blog entries by Barry Rubin, go here.

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Abigail R. Esman — is an award-winning journalist based in New York and the Netherlands. The author of “Radical State: How Jihad Is Winning Over Democracy In the West” (Praeger, 2010), she pens a weekly column for Her work has also appeared in The New Republic,, Foreign Policy, The Nation, the Wall Street Journal, and numerous other publications internationally. Her personal website is at

— For all the exclusive blog entries by Abigail R. Esman, go here.

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Rob Harris — contributes articles to several websites on contentious political issues (not to be confused with the popular English novelist (1957-) of the same name). He blogs at He lives in Ireland.

— For all the exclusive blog entries by Rob Harris, go here.

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Florian Druckenthaner — is a scholar of the German Academic Exchange Service and currently pursues a M.A. in Security and Diplomacy Studies from Tel Aviv University.

Florian holds an undergraduate degree in European Media Studies from the University of Potsdam, where he won the award of best B.A. thesis 2009 for his investigation into the representation of Arabs participants in Israeli reality TV.

He has been working for the Anne Frank Foundation in Berlin and the European Parliament in Brussels, where he further developed his interest for the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His fields of research include Turkish-Israeli relations; the Iranian nuclear threat; terrorism and mass media as well as the use of social media in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

— For all the exclusive blog entries by Florian Druckenthaner, go here.

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Jared Feldschreiber — a native New Yorker is a journalist and writer. His articles mostly deal with international affairs, and had spent over a year working in the Jerusalem Bureau with Fox News. Many of his articles have published with different newspapers and journals concerning Israel and American human interest stories.

He has his Masters Degree from Tel Aviv University in Security and Diplomacy studies, all the while has contacts with media centers throughout Israel and in America.

His articles have appeared with Fox News, American Thinker, Jewish Observer-LA, and other various news outlets.

He is a writer of all genres, including in politics, film and sports.

— For all the exclusive blog entries by Jared Feldschreiber, go here.

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Alon Sheinberg — is a Research Analyst at the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel. His fields of research include: military strategy and operations; Israel’s national security concepts; nuclear proliferation; and cyber warfare.

Alon has his MA in Diplomacy and Security Studies and his BA in Political Science, at Tel-Aviv University. He also served as a Paratrooper in the IDF.

— For all the exclusive blog entries by Alon Sheinberg, go here.

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Toni L. Kamins — is a writer and editor in New York. She is the author of the Complete Jewish Guide to France, the Complete Jewish Guide to Britain and Ireland (St. Martin’s Press) and the forthcoming Complete Jewish Guide to Paris. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Tablet, Bonjour Paris, the Jerusalem Post, the Forward, New York Magazine and other places. Her personal website is at

— For all the exclusive blog entries by Toni L. Kamins, go here.

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Crethi Plethi — is the pseudonym for Harald van Es and is the founder and director of He writes articles for in Dutch and English on the Middle East, Israel, Revolutionary Islamism, Multiculturalism and the Netherlands. He has lived in Jaffa (Tel Aviv), Israel. He currently lives in the Netherlands.

— For all the exclusive blog entries by Crethi Plethi, go here.

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