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Professor Rosemary Hollis

Director of the Olive Tree Programme and Professor of Middle East Policy Studies, City University London

Professor Hollis took up the Olive Tree Directorship in March 2008 having completed three years as Director of Research at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London, with overall responsibility for the research and publications output of the institute. The focus of her own research and writing is foreign policy and security issues in the Middle East, particularly European, EU, UK and US relations with the region and transatlantic differences over the issues.

Among her academic roles Professor Hollis is a member of the Advisory Council for the ESRC 'conflict in cities' project, and serves on the British Academy's Area Panel for the Middle East and North Africa.

From 1995 to 2005 Professor Hollis was Head of the Middle East Programme at Chatham House, having spent five years in a similar post at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies. During the 1980s she was a lecturer in Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she gained a PhD in Political Science. She also holds a BA in History and an MA in War Studies from the University of London, King's College.

Her new book, Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era, is published by Wiley-Blackwell and Chatham House.

Her other most recent works include:

  • 'European Elites and the Middle East' in A. Gamble and D. Lane, eds., The European Union and World Politics (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  • 'Europe and the Middle East' in Louise Fawcett, ed., The International Relations of the Middle East 2nd edition (Oxford: OUP, 2009)
  • 'Back to Iraq' in Z. Levy and E. Podeh, eds., Britain and the Middle East: From Imperial Power to Junior Partner (Sussex Academic Press, 2007)
  • 'The United Kingdom: Fateful Decision, Divided Nation' in R. Fawn and R. Hinnebusch, eds., The Iraq War (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Reinner, 2006)
  • The Greater Middle East', in SIPRI Yearbook 2005: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security (Oxford: OUP, 2005)
  • Contributing editor, with Mark Heller, Israel and the Palestinians: Israeli Policy Options (London: RIIA, 2005)
  • 'The U.S. Role: Helpful or Harmful?' in L. Potter and G. Sick, eds., Unfinished Business: Iran, Iraq and the Aftermath of War (New York: Palgrave, 2004)
  • 'The Israeli-Palestinian road block: can Europeans make a difference?' in International Affairs Vol. 80, No. 2 (March 2004)
  • 'Getting out of the Iraq trap' in International Affairs Vol. 79, No.1 (January 2003)
  • 'The end of historical attachments: Britain's changing policy towards the Middle East' in T. Dodge and R. Higgott, eds., Globalization and the Middle East: Islam, Economy, Society and Politics (London: RIIA, 2002)
  • 'Turkey and the Geopolitical Implications of EU Enlargement' in C-P. Hanelt, F. Neugart and M. Peitz, eds., Future Perspectives for European-Gulf Relations (Guetersloh: Bertelsmann, 2000).

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