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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 is employed on a part-time basis (0.4FTE) in the Department of International Politics at City. Her research and writing focus 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. Her teaching responsibilities include co-directing, with a colleague from the Cass Business School, an MA module entitled 'Strategy, Diplomacy and Decision-Making' and the supervision of post-graduates and some undergraduates working on their dissertations.

From 2008 to 2016 Rosemary was Director of the Olive Tree Programme at City, with responsibility for designing and running a programme of cross-conflict dialogue and related exercises for Israeli and Palestinian scholarship students at the university. The programme was wound up in summer 2016 (when the funds ran out) and Rosemary is now working on a book about the lessons learned--in particular about the role of parallel national narratives in conflict.

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 Rosemary 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.


  1. PhD Political Science, George Washington University, United States, Sep 1981 – Jan 1988
  2. MA War Studies, King's College London, London, United Kingdom, Sep 1974 – Jun 1975
  3. BA History, King's College London, London, United Kingdom, Sep 1971 – Sep 1974


  1. Professor of Middle East Policy Studies (0.4FTE), City, University of London, Aug 2012 – present


French (can read and understand spoken).


Geographic Areas

  • Europe
  • Middle East


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). 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.
  2. Hollis, R. (2016). Europe in the Middle East. In Fawcett, L. (Ed.), The International Relations of the Middle East Oxford & New York OUP.
  3. Hollis, R. (2014). Great Britain and the Palestine Question.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  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). Britain's Strategic Approach to the Gulf. International interests in the Gulf Region Emirates Center for Strategic Studies. ISBN 978-9948-00-658-9.
  12. 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.
  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). 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.
  15. 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
  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). 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.
  21. 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.
  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. (2017). The Arab World Upended: Revolution and Its Aftermath in Tunisia and Egypt. MIDDLE EAST JOURNAL, 71(4), pp. 692–694.
  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), p. 81. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2346.2012.01058.x.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  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). Iraq: Revisiting the Options. Al Mustaqbal al Arabi (The Arab Future).
  9. Hollis, R. (2003). Getting out of the Iraq trap. International Affairs, 79(1), pp. 23–35.
  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.