Prof. Barry Rubin, head of the GLORIA Center and prolific author on Middle Eastern subjects, has died of cancer at the age of only 64. Though Barry and I rarely if ever saw eye-to-eye on political issues, I have known him since we were both in grad school at Georgetown in the 1970s, and I respect him as a scholar and as a strong advocate for the issues he believed in, even when I did not share them.
American-born and educated, Barry eventually chose to relocate permanently to Israel (with occasional visiting fellowships in the US), where he made a career as both an academic and political commentator; in more recent years he has developed a following among US conservatives.
My condolences to his family and colleagues. The Jerusalem Post obituary here, JTA's here, and The Washington Institute here.
UPDATE: A nice tribute by Lee Smith at Tablet Magazine.