Lawrence Rubin

Associate Professor

Member Of:
  • School of International Affairs
  • Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy
Office Location:
Habersham 149

Lawrence Rubin is an associate professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology as well as a faculty affiliate of the Center for International Strategy Technology, and Policy. His research interests include Middle East politics and international security with a specific focus on Islam and politics, Arab foreign policies, and nuclear proliferation. He has conducted research in Morocco, Egypt, Israel, the UAE, and Yemen.

Rubin is the author of Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics (Stanford University Press, 2014). His other work has been published in International Studies Review, Politics, Religion & Ideology, Middle East Policy, Terrorism and Political Violence, Contemporary Security Policy, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, the Brookings Institute, The National Interest, The Washington Quarterly, and The Washington Post. Rubin is a co-editor and contributor Terrorist Rehabilitation and Counter-Radicalisation: New Approaches to Counter-terrorism (Routledge 2011).

Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, Rubin was a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs with the Dubai Initiative in Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (2009-2010) and was lecturer on the Robert and Myra Kraft chair in Arab politics at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University (2008-2009). Outside of Academia, he has held positions at the National Defense University’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies and the RAND Corporation. Rubin serves as the Associate Editor for the journal Terrorism and Political Violence.

Rubin received his PhD in Political Science from UCLA (2009) and earned degrees from University of Oxford, London School of Economics, and UC Berkeley.  His research has been supported by the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, the Institute of Global Cooperation and Conflict, the U.S. Department of Education, Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, Project on Middle East Political Science, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Areas of
  • Middle East Politics
Research Fields:
  • Global Nuclear Security
  • Regional Security Challenges
  • Middle East
  • Energy
  • Weapons and Security
  • Religion and Politics
  • Terrorism
  • INTA-2260: Govt Pol Soc-Middle East
  • INTA-3103: Challenge of Terrorism
  • INTA-3260: Middle East Relations
  • INTA-4500: INTA Pro-Seminar
  • INTA-6103: International Security
  • INTA-8010: IAST Ph.D. Proseminar
Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Working Papers

Internet Publications

Other Publications

All Publications


Journal Articles


Working Papers

  • “U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East amidst Regional Disorder and Entangled Alliances,”
       In: International Sea Power Symposium Proceedings

    April 2017

  • Islamic Political Activism in Israel

    April 2014

    In this new Saban Center Analysis Paper, Lawrence Rubin examines the curious case of the Islamic movement in Israel, from its origins in the early 1970s, fragmentation in the mid-1990s, to its present state. He provides an overview of this Islamic movement as a window into an under-examined subject at the intersection of Israeli-Arab and Islamist politics.

    Islamic Political Activism in IsraelRubin pays particular attention to the evolution of the Islamic movement by surveying its major inflection points, including its development, its split into hardline and moderate factions and its attempts at reconciliation. The paper also situates this movement within the domestic and regional environment in order to highlight both the similarities and differences between the Israeli Islamic movement and others in the region. Rubin looks at the future trajectories of the movement, including the challenges and opportunities presented by the Prawer Plan and other developments. 

    Finally, the paper concludes by highlighting why this movement is important for Arab-Jewish relations, the peace process and regional peace and stability—and what it means for U.S. foreign policy.

  • Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics


Internet Publications

Other Publications