Lawrence Rubin


Dr. Lawrence Rubin is an associate professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and an associate fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His research interests include Middle East politics and international security with a specific focus on intra-regional relations, religion and politics, nuclear proliferation, and emerging technologies. Dr. Rubin was also the guest editor of the fall 2020 Orbis special issue on national security and technology. 

From 2017-18, Dr. Rubin was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow where he served as a senior advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (Middle East & Countering WMD offices).  

Dr. Rubin is the author and editor of three books, including The End of Strategic Stability? Nuclear Weapons and the Challenge of Regional Rivalries (Georgetown University Press, 2018) co-edited with Adam Stulberg, Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics (Stanford University Press, 2014) and Terrorist Rehabilitation and Counter-Radicalisation: New Approaches to Counter-terrorism (Routledge 2011) with Rohan Gunaratna and Jolene Jerard. He recently edited a special issue for Orbis titled, “Emerging Technology and National Security,” 64:4 (2020). He has published in a number of academic and policy journals including  International Studies Review, Politics, Religion & Ideology, Democracy and Security, Contemporary Security PolicyBritish Journal of Middle Eastern StudiesOrbis, Lawfare, the Brookings Institute, The National Interest, The Washington Quarterly, and The Washington Post.

Dr. Rubin serves as a co-Editor of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence. He was senior advisor for United States Institute of Peace’s Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States (2017-18) and he was a senior advisor for the Reagan Institute’s The Contest for Innovation: Strengthening America’s National Security Innovation Base in an Era of Strategic Competition (2019).

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.
Dr. Rubin received his Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA (2009) and earned degrees from University of Oxford, London School of Economics, and UC Berkeley.