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

Rosemary Hollis is Professor of Middle East Policy Studies and Director of the Olive Tree Scholarship Programme at City University London. Her research focuses on international political and security issues in the Middle East, particularly European, EU, UK and US relations with the region and the international dimensions of regional conflicts.

Prior to joining City University in March 2008 Prof 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 Ph.D. 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.

Recent publications:
Hollis, R (2013) ‘Mubarak: the Embodiment of ‘Moderate Arab Leadership’, in Lawrence Freedman and Jeffrey Michaels, eds., Scripting Middle East Leaders: The Impact of Leadership Perceptions on US and UK Foreign Policy (London: Bloomsbury Academic Press) pp.171-193.
Hollis, R. (2013). ‘Europe in the Middle East’ in L. Fawcett, ed., International Relations of the Middle East (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press, USA.
Hollis, R. (2012) ‘No friend of democracy: Europe’s role in the genesis of the ‘Arab Spring’, International Affairs, 88(I) pp.81-94.
Hollis, R. (2011) ‘The UfM and the Middle East “Peace Process’”, Mediterranean Politics, 16(1) pp. 99-116;
Hollis, R. (2010) Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era (London: Wiley-Blackwell and Chatham House, 2010) pp.218.

Experience

  • 2008–present
    Professor of Middle East Policy Studies and Director of the Olive Tree Scholarship Programme , City University