This is shocking news: Barry Rubin, professor, author, and PJ Media Middle East editor, died this morning at the age of 64.
From Dave Swindle at PJ:
For the last least three years, his Rubin Reports blog has served as the roadmap to the Middle East that I rely on the most. Written from the center of the storm in Israel, his typical columns are densely filled with facts and fascinating observations. Perhaps the crucial insight that I’ve gained from trying to keep up with Barry all these years — he tends to publish his loaded analyses very prolifically, not that I’m complaining! — is the depth of complexity to the Middle East. The game is not a chessboard between two sides, and there are rarely easy answers given that there are so many different actors on the field.
Swindle goes on to provide links to thirteen of Rubin’s books. Rubin had made these works of his available online, for free. I didn’t know Rubin, but that sort of act says a lot about him.
He wasn’t idle in his last year, either. Here’s a book of his that’s due to come out this April; it sounds fascinating and important: Silent Revolution: How the Left Rose to Political Power and Cultural Dominance.
RIP, Barry Rubin.