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Professor Rosemary Hollis

Professor of International Politics

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of International Politics

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Professor Rosemary Hollis' writing, teaching and research focuses on international political and security issues in the Middle East, particularly UK, European, EU and US relations with the region and the international dimensions of regional conflicts.

Prior to joining City in March 2008 Professor Hollis was Director of Research at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) for three years, with overall responsibility for the research and publications output of the institute, including the formulation, funding, quality and delivery of projects.

From 1995 to 2005 she 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 Politics at George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she gained her PhD in Political Science, focusing on Britain and the Middle East.

She also holds a BA in History and an MA in War Studies from the University of London, King's College.


Research Summary

In her work with the Olive Tree Programme Professor Hollis is exploring the pedagogical applications of area and conflict studies for young people in conflict. A Political Scientist herself, she is engaged in interdisciplinary research on conflict with colleagues in Psycho-therapy, Social Anthropology, Theology and History.


  1. Hollis, R. (2016). Palestine and the Palestinians in British political elite discourse: From ‘The Palestine Problem’ to ‘the two-state solution’. International Relations, 30(1), pp. 3–28. doi:10.1177/0047117815625347.

Books (7)

  1. Hollis, R. (2010). Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era. London: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4051-0297-1.
  2. Heller, M. and Hollis, R. (2005). Israel and the Palestinians: Israeli Policy Options. Hollis, R. and Heller, M. (Eds.), Royal Inst of Intl Affairs. ISBN 978-1-86203-166-1.
  3. Hollis, R. (Ed.), (2000). Managing new developments in the Gulf. Royal Institute of International Affairs.
  4. RIIA, (1998). Oil and regional developments in the Gulf. Hollis, R. (Ed.), Royal Institute of International Affairs. ISBN 978-1-86203-009-1.
  5. Hamarneh, M., Hollis, R. and Shikaki, K. (1997). Jordanian-Palestinian relations: where to? Chatham House (Formerly RIIA).
  6. Various, (1996). Lebanon on Hold. Hollis, R. and Shehadi, N. (Eds.), ISBN 978-1-86203-005-3.
  7. Various, (1993). Turning Point:The Soviets, their successors and the Middle East. Hollis, R. (Ed.), Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-312-09995-4.

Chapters (25)

  1. Hollis, R. (2016). Europe in the Middle East. In Fawcett, L. (Ed.), The International Relations of the Middle East Oxford & New York OUP.
  2. Hollis, R. (2016). The Role of the European Union. In Lodgaard, S. (Ed.), External Powers and the Arab Spring: The Role of External Powers during the Arab Spring (pp. 163–198). London: Scandinavian Academic Press. ISBN 978-82-304-0197-2.
  3. Hollis, R. (2014). Great Britain and the Palestine Question.
  4. Hollis, R. (2013). Mubarak: the Embodiment of ‘Moderate Arab Leadership’? In Freedman, L. and Michaels, J. (Eds.), Scripting Middle East Leaders: The Impact of Leadership Perceptions on US and UK Foreign Policy (pp. 171–193). London: Bloomsbury Academic Press. ISBN 978-1-4411-9165-6.
  5. Hollis, R. (2013). Europe. In Peters, J. and Newman, D. (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (pp. 336–345). ISBN 978-0-415-77862-6.
  6. Hollis, R. (2009). Europe in the Middle East. In Fawcett, L. (Ed.), International Relations of the Middle East Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-921553-9.
  7. Hollis, R. (2009). European Elites and the Middle East. In Gamble, A. and Lane, D. (Eds.), The European Union and world politics Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 978-0-230-22149-9.
  8. Hollis, R. (2008). Britain's Reentry to Iraq, March 2003. In Podeh, E. and Levey, Z. (Eds.), Britain and the Middle East Sussex Academic Pr. ISBN 978-1-84519-164-1.
  9. Hollis, R. (2006). The United Kingdom: Fateful Decision, Divided Nation. In Fawn, R. and Hinnebusch, R. (Eds.), The Iraq war Lynne Rienner Pub. ISBN 978-1-58826-413-8.
  10. Hollis, R. (2005). The Middle East: The Strategic Context. In Huldt, B. (Ed.), A Wider Middle East: Strategic Yearbook 2005 Stockholm: Swedish National Defence College.
  11. Hollis, R. (2004). The U.S. Role: Helpful or Harmful? In Sick, G. and Potter, L. (Eds.), Unfinished Business: Iran, Iraq and the Aftermath of War New York: Palgrave.
  12. Hollis, R. (2004). Britain's Strategic Approach to the Gulf. International interests in the Gulf Region Emirates Center for Strategic Studies. ISBN 978-9948-00-658-9.
  13. Hollis, R. (2002). The end of historical attachments: Britain’s changing policy towards the Middle East. In Dodge, T. and Higott, R. (Eds.), Globalization and the Middle East: Islam, Economy, Society & Politics London: Royal Inst of Intl Affairs. ISBN 978-1-86203-133-3.
  14. Hollis, R. (2000). Turkey and the Geopolitical Implications of EU Enlargement. In Hanelt, C., Neugart, F. and Peitz, M. (Eds.), Future perspectives for European-Gulf relations
  15. Hollis, R. (2000). Barcelona’s First Pillar: An Appropriate Concept for Security Relations? In Behrendt, S. and Hanelt, C. (Eds.), Bound to Cooperate: Europe and the Middle East Guetersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung.
  16. Hollis, R. (1999). Capitalizing on Diplomacy. In Marr, P. (Ed.), Egypt at the crossroads: domestic stability and regional role Washington, D.C.: US National Defense University. ISBN 978-1-4289-8118-8.
  17. Hollis, R. (1998). Sanctions or Dialogue? In Mitchell, J. (Ed.), Companies in a world of conflict London: Earthscan/RIIA. ISBN 978-1-85383-536-0.
  18. Hollis, R. (1997). Europe and Gulf Security: A Competitive Business. In Koch, C. and Long, D. (Eds.), Gulf Security in the 21st Century Abu Dhabi: Emirates Center for Strategic Studies & Research. ISBN 978-1-85043-386-6.
  19. Hollis, R. (1995). Whatever Happened to the Damascus Declaration? Evolving Security Structures in the Gulf. Politics and International Relations in the Middle East Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  20. Hollis, R. (1994). Israeli-European Relations in the 1990s. In Mahler, G.S. and Mahler, G. (Eds.), Israel at the crossroads I. B. Tauris. ISBN 978-1-85043-731-4.
  21. Hollis, R. (1994). Western Security Strategy in South West Asia. In Ehteshami, A. (Ed.), From the Gulf to Central Asia Univ of Exeter Pr. ISBN 978-0-85989-451-7.
  22. Hollis, R. (1992). Israel’s Relations with the Arabs: What Difference Did the Gulf War Make? In RUSI, (Ed.), Rusi and Brassey's Defence Yearbook, 1992 ISBN 978-1-85753-030-8.
  23. Hollis, R. (1991). Things Will Never Be the Same Again: Israel and the Intifada. In RUSI, (Ed.), RUSI and Brassey's Defence Yearbook, 1991 ISBN 978-0-08-040729-6.
  24. Hollis, R. (1987). Great Britain. In Reich, B. (Ed.), The Powers in the Middle East Praeger Publishers. ISBN 978-0-275-92304-4.
  25. Hollis, R. The Greater Middle East. SIPRI Yearbook 2005: Arms, Disarmament and International Security Stocklholm: Oxford University Press.

Conference Paper/Proceedings

  1. Hollis, R. (2009). European Elites and the Middle East. .

Internet Publication

  1. Hollis, R. (2016). Shifting paradigms: how British politics has depicted Palestine..

Journal Articles (17)

  1. Hollis, R. (2016). Palestine and the Palestinians in British political elite discourse: From ‘The Palestine Problem’ to ‘the two-state solution’. International Relations, 30(1), pp. 3–28. doi:10.1177/0047117815625347.
  2. Hollis, R. (2015). Policy Research: Some Reflections on Theory and Practice. Middle East Law and Governance, 7(3), pp. 361–372. doi:10.1163/18763375-00703005.
  3. Hollis, R. (2012). No friend of democratization: Europe's role in the genesis of the Arab Spring'. INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, 88(1), pp. 81–+. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2346.2012.01058.x.
  4. Hollis, R. (2011). Europe and the Middle East: has the EU missed its moment of opportunity? Journal of Politics and International Relations, (Turkey, 2(2) .
  5. Hollis, R. (2011). The UfM and the Middle East 'Peace Process': An Unhappy Symbiosis. MEDITERRANEAN POLITICS, 16(1), pp. 99–116. doi:10.1080/13629395.2011.547392.
  6. Hollis, R. (2008). Competing Agendas and European Dilemmas in the Middle East. Jordan Journal of International Affairs, 1(3), pp. 21–33.
  7. Hollis, R. (2004). ‘The Israeli-Palestinian road block: can Europeans make a difference? International Affairs, 80(2), pp. 191–201.
  8. Hollis, R. (2003). Getting out of the Iraq trap. International Affairs, 79(1), pp. 23–35.
  9. Hollis, R. (2003). Iraq: Revisiting the Options. Al Mustaqbal al Arabi (The Arab Future) .
  10. Hollis, R. (2000). Iran: External Relations and Possible Regional Role. Al Mustaqbal al Arabi, (258) .
  11. Hollis, R. (1997). Europe in the Middle East: Power by Stealth? International Affairs, 73(1), pp. 15–29.
  12. Hollis, R. (1994). The Politics of Israeli-European Economic Relations. Israel Affairs, 1(1), pp. 118–134.
  13. Hollis, R. (1992). What Price Renewed Conflict in the Middle East? RUSI Journal .
  14. Hollis, R. (1991). Israel’s Search for Security. Asian Affairs, XXII(III) .
  15. Hollis, R. (1991). Inter-Arab Politics and the Gulf War: States’ Rights Take Precedence over Pan-Arabism. Cambridge Review of International Affairs .
  16. Hollis, R. (1990). At Stake in the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait: Borders, Oil and Money. RUSI Journal .
  17. Hollis, R. (1989). Tactical Dynamics of the Intifada and Israel’s Response. RUSI Journal .


  1. Hollis, R. (2010). The basic stakes and strategy of the EU and Member States. EUISS.

Other (2)

  1. Hollis, R. (2015). The EU and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1971-2013: In Pursuit of a Just Peace.
  2. Hollis, R. (2010). The End of the British Mandate for Palestine, 1948: The Diary of Sir Henry Gurney.

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