Michael Rubin


Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise, who has lived in post-revolution Iran. He hold a doctorate in history from Yale University. His newest book is “Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes. Readers may write him at AEI, 1789 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

Most Recent Articles by Michael Rubin:

Trump’s stance gives hope to an Iranian majority that longs for freedom

Jan 18, 2018 — Michael Rubin

Trump’s stance gives hope to an Iranian majority that longs for freedom
WASHINGTON, DC—The Trump Administration’s non-strategic role in the Middle East: In 2009, as Iranians took to the street, they chanted, “Obama, Obama, either you’re with us or against us,” but President Obama remained silent.

Eight years later, as Iranians again took to the streets, President Trump tweeted up a storm.  “Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever,” he tweeted.  “The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years… TIME FOR CHANGE!”  Whose strategy was right?

The answer is clear: Trump’s. The United States should never apologize for standing up for freedom and liberty.  True, the protests were neither caused by nor about America but that does not mean Washington should be silent.


Toppling Assad is a giant step toward squashing ISIS

Apr 24, 2017 — Michael Rubin

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After Syria’s alleged chemical weapons strike on Khan Shaykhun and subsequent U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base, the Trump administration has offered conflicting messages about their ultimate goal in Syria.

Speaking to ABC News, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that beyond enforcing a redline on chemical weapons use, “there is no change to our military posture.”


If Iran readies nuclear missiles for launch, Israel must take it out

Feb 27, 2017 — Michael Rubin

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On January 29, Iran conducted its tenth ballistic missile test since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the July 2015 landmark nuclear deal.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rebuffed accusations that the launches were a violation and declared that Iran would “never depend on the permission of anyone else for their self-defense.”