Lawrence Rubin

Associate Professor

Georgia Institute of Technology

Lawrence Rubin is an associate professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and an associate fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His research interests include Middle East politics and international security with a specific focus on intra-regional relations. 

 Rubin is the author and editor of three books, including The End of Strategic Stability? Nuclear Weapons and the Challenge of Regional Rivalries (Georgetown University Press, 2018) co-edited with Adam Stulberg; Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics (Stanford University Press, 2014) and Terrorist Rehabilitation and Counter-Radicalisation: New Approaches to Counter-terrorism (Routledge 2011) with Rohan Gunaratna and Jolene Jerard. His other work has been published in International Studies Review, Politics, Religion & Ideology, Democracy and Security, International Area Studies Review, Middle East Policy, Terrorism and Political Violence, Contemporary Security PolicyDemocracy and SecurityBritish Journal of Middle Eastern StudiesLawfare, the Brookings Institute, The National InterestThe Washington Quarterly, and The Washington Post.  

 

Key Publications:

Books:

The End of Strategic Stability? Nuclear Weapons and the Challenge of Regional Rivalries (Georgetown University Press, 2018) with Adam Stulberg as co-editor

Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics (Stanford University Press, 2014)


Academic and policy articles:

Jordan and Qatar restore diplomatic ties, but why now?” IISS Analysis, July 31, 2019


“Neoclassical Realism: Domestic Politics, Systemic Pressures, and the Impact on Foreign Policy since the Arab Spring” Routledge Handbook of International Relations in the Middle East (2019) with Thomas Juneau, Steven Lobell, and Norrin Ripsman 

 

“How States Can Wield ‘Official Islam’ to Limit Radical Extremism,” The Washington Post, November 3, 2017

 

“The Ascendance of Official Islams” Democracy and Security 13:4 (2018) with Michael Robbins  

 

“Islamic Political Activism Among Israel’s Negev Bedouin Population,” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 44:3 (2017)

 

“Why Israel Outlawed the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement,” Lawfare, December 7, 2015

 

“An ISIS Containment Doctrine,” The National Interest, June 14, 2016, with Jenna Jordan 

 

“Why the Islamic State Won’t Become a Normal State,” The Washington Post, July 9, 2015

 

“How Jordan Uses Islam Against the Islamic State,” The Washington Post, November 19, 2014 

 

“Who’s Afraid of an ‘Islamic State’?” The Washington Post, October 2, 2014 

 

“Islamic Political Activism in Israel,” Center for Middle East Policy Analysis No. 32, Brookings Institution (April 2014)

 

“The Rise of Official Islam in Jordan,” Politics, Religion, and Ideology 14:1 (Winter 2013) with Michael Robbins 

 

“Documenting Saddam Hussein’s Iraq,” Contemporary Security Policy 32:2 (Summer 2011)

 

“Islam, Domestic Politics, and International Relations,” International Studies Review 13:1 (January 2011)

 

 “Egypt’s Non-Kinetic Approaches to Counter-Terrorism in the 1990s” in Terrorist Rehabilitation and Counter-radicalisation: New Approaches to Counter-terrorism, (Routledge, 2011) 

 

“A Typology of Soft Powers in Middle East Politics,” Dubai Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, December 2010

 

“Ideological Reorientation and Counterterrorism: Confronting Militant Islam in Egypt,” Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 20, Issue 4, 2008 with Lisa Blaydes