We are pleased to announce the winners of our first essay competition in memory of Rosemary Hollis (1952-2020), former Professor of Middle East Policy Studies and Director of the Olive Tree Programme at City.
A distinguished political scientist, inspiring teacher, and former Head of the Middle East Programme at Chatham House, she was a world-renowned commentator and author of Middle Eastern affairs, both in regard to internal regional dynamics and concerning EU, British and US involvement.
Her last book, Surviving the Story: The Narrative Trap in Israel and Palestine (2019), is not just another analysis of the peace process but is a reflection on the journey of mutual understanding and future vision to which herself and the young people of the Olive Tree committed their hearts and intellects.
Students in the School of Arts and Social Sciences were invited to submit an essay on ‘Encounters in and between the West and the Middle East’. Read extracts from the winning entries below. The full essays will be published weekly on The City Politics Blog.
Undergraduate - first prize
What Were the Causes and Consequences of the War in 1967 for Both Israelis and Palestinians? by Nora Saghi
Undergraduate - second prize
Reconstructing Identities, by Sasha Bukhari
Sasha Bukhari's full essay will be published on The City Politics Blog on 15th July 2021.
Postgraduate - first prize
All for one but not one for all: How Arab Nationalism Rose and Fell, by Kelly Van Roy.
Kelly Van Roy's full essay will be published on The City Politics Blog on 22nd July 2021.