Michael Rubin is a former Pentagon official whose major research areas are the Middle East, Turkey, Iran and diplomacy. Rubin instructs senior military officers deploying to the Middle East and Afghanistan on regional politics, and teaches classes regarding Iran, terrorism, and Arab politics on board deploying U.S. aircraft carriers. Rubin has lived in post-revolution Iran, Yemen, both pre- and post-war Iraq, and spent time with the Taliban before 9/11. His newest book, Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes examines a half century of U.S. diplomacy with rogue regimes and terrorist groups.

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  • Senior Lecturer, Naval Postgraduate School, 2007-present
  • Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University, 2010
  • Editor, Middle East Quarterly, 2004-2009
  • International Election Observer, Bangladesh, 2008
  • Political Adviser, Coalition Provisional Authority (Baghdad), 2003-2004
  • Staff Adviser, Iran and Iraq, Office of the Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs), 2002-2004
  • Editorial Board, Middle East Intelligence Bulletin, 2001-2002, 2004
  • International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, 2002-2003
  • Fellow, The Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, Hebrew University (Jerusalem), 2001-2002
  • Fellow, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, 2000-2001
  • Visiting Lecturer, Universities of Sulaymani, Salahuddin, and Duhok (Iraqi Kurdistan), 2000-2001
  • Lecturer, Department of History, Yale University, 1999-2000
  • Assistant Editor, Iranian Studies, 1994-1997


Ph.D., history, Yale University
M.A., history, Yale University
B.S., biology, Yale University