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Professor of International Relations, University of Otago

Professor Robert G. Patman teaches International Relations at the University of Otago. He served as an editor for the scholarly journal International Studies Perspectives (2010 - 14) and Head of the Department of Politics (2013 – 16). His research interests encompass US foreign policy, international relations, global security, great powers and the Horn of Africa. Robert is the author or editor of 11 books. Recent publications include a volume called Strategic Shortfall: The 'Somalia Syndrome' and the March to 9/11 (Praeger, 2010) and three co-edited books titled The Bush Leadership, the Power of Ideas, and the War on Terror (Ashgate, 2012): China and the International System: Becoming a World Power (Routledge, 2013); and Science Diplomacy: New Day or False Dawn? (World Scientific Publishers, 2015). Robert is currently writing a volume called Rethinking the Global Impact of 9/11 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) He is a Fulbright Senior Scholar, an Honorary Professor of the NZ Defence Command and Staff College, Trentham, and provides regular contributions to the national and international media on global issues and events.


  • –present
    Professor of International Relations, University of Otago


  • 1987 
    University of Southampton, Ph.D. International Relations