Trudy Rubin

Trudy Rubin is a columnist and editorial-board member for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Over the past decade she has made multiple trips to Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and the West Bank and also written from Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and China.

Does Trump or Netanyahu have a Plan B?

Netanyahu’s domestic politics in Israel plus Trump’s domestic politics have created a situation where more Palestinian violence is almost certain.

Cold War, World War III unlikely, but Russian experts disagree on Putin's foreign-policy plan

Is the United States embroiled in a new Cold War with Russia? On the verge of WWIII? As Washington imposes new economic sanctions on Moscow and the two countries barely missed a confrontation in Syria, these questions are being debated as hotly in Russia as in America.

Room for skepticism on wider Syria policy

When the White House announced that Syria might be preparing another poison gas attack — and warned of dire consequences — critics were wary. Some saw the warning as a “wag the dog” feint. Others saw the warning as a pure pretext for sending thousands of U.S. ground troops to Syria in the near future.