Rosemary Hollis

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Professor Rosemary Hollis on 24 July 2013

Rosemary Hollis is a British political scientist. She is a professor of Middle East Policy Studies at City University London.[1] Hollis is renowned for her expertise and scholarship on the relations between the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States with the Middle East.[2] She was formerly the Research Director at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs).[3]

Biography and career[edit]

Rosemary Hollis was born in Dudley, England. She graduated from King's College, London, with a BA in History in 1974 and MA in War Studies in 1975. Before moving to the United States, she held various research positions in the media and commerce in London, having also worked for the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. She gained a PhD in Political Science from George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she was also a lecturer in Political Science and International Affairs (1980-1989). In 1990 She returned to the United Kingdom, to become the head of the Middle East programme at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense Studies, a position she held until 1995. She then moved to a similar role at Chatham House, as head of its Middle East programme. In 2005 she became Director of Research at Chatham House, with overall responsibility for research activity, project formulation, grant applications and the publications of the institute. In 2008 she joined City University as the Director of the Olive Tree Programme and since August 2012 has been Professor of Middle East Policy Studies.[4]

The Olive Tree Scholarship Programme[edit]

In March 2008, Hollis left Chatham House to join City University London as the new Director of the Olive Tree Scholarship Programme, succeeding Dr. Aimee Shalan. The Olive Tree programme started in 2004 under joint founders Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber and Derek Tullett[5] and was originally an independent charitable trust based at City University (The Olive Tree Educational Trust).[6] The Trust was later dissolved and the programme subsumed by the University.[7] Olive Tree awarded scholarships for exceptional Israeli and Palestinians students to study for an undergraduate degree at City. The students participated in a specially designed parallel programme – in conjunction with their academic studies – in order to promote further understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.[8] The scholarship programme was initiated at 2004, and some of its alumni have assumed key roles in their respective communities. One of these alumni, Stav Shaffir, has become the youngest Israeli Knesset member after leading the 2011 Israeli social justice protests. The Olive Tree Programme was wound up in 2016 due to a lack of funding.[9][10]

Selected writings[edit]


  • Hollis, R., Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era (London: Wiley-Blackwell & Chatham House, 2010)
  • Hollis, R., Hamarneh M., & Shikaki, K, Jordanian-Palestinian Relations: Where To? (London: RIIA, 1997)


  • Hollis, R., 'European Elites and the Middle East', in Andrew Gamble and David Lane, eds., The European Union and World Politics: Consensus and Division (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) pp. 137–53.
  • Hollis, R., 'Europe in the Middle East', in Louise Fawcett, ed., The International Relations of the Middle East, 2nd edition (Oxford: OUP, 2009) pp. 331–348.
  • Hollis, R., 'Back to Iraq' in Zach Levy and Eli Podeh, eds., Britain and the Middle East: From Imperial Power to Junior Partner, (Sussex Academic Press, 2007)
  • Hollis, R., 'The United Kingdom: Fateful Decision, Divided Nation' in Rick Fawn & Raymond Hinnebusch, eds., The Iraq War: Causes and Consequences, (London and Boulder Colorado: Lynne Reinner, 2006) pp. 37–47.
  • Hollis, R., 'The U.S. Role: Helpful or Harmful?' in Lawrence Potter & Gary Sick, eds., Unfinished Business: Iran, Iraq and the Aftermath of War (New York: Palgrave, 2004)
  • Hollis, R., 'The end of historical attachments: Britain's changing policy towards the Middle East', in Toby Dodge & Richard Higgott, eds., Globalization and the Middle East: Islam, Economy, Society and Politics (London: RIIA, 2002) pp. 57–80.
  • Hollis, R., 'Turkey and the Geopolitical Implications of EU Enlargement', in Christian-Peter Hanelt, Felix Neugart & Matthias Peitz, eds., Future Perspectives for European-Gulf Relations (Guetersloh: Bertlesmann, 2000)
  • Hollis, R., 'Western Security Strategy in South West Asia', in Anoushiravan Ehteshami, ed., From the Gulf to Central Asia: Players in the New Great Game (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 1994)
  • Hollis, R., 'Israeli-European Relations in the 1990s', in Efraim Karsh and Gregory Mahler, eds., Israel at the Crossroads (London: British Academic Press, I.B. Tauris, 1994)

Edited volumes[edit]

  • Hollis, R. and Heller, M., eds. Israel and the Palestinians: Israeli Policy Options (London: RIIA, 2005).
  • Hollis, R., ed., Managing New Developments in the Gulf (London: RIIA, 2000).
  • Hollis, R., ed., Oil and Regional Developments in the Gulf (London: RIIA, 1998).
  • Hollis, R and Shehadi, N., Lebanon on Hold (London: RIIA in association with Centre for Lebanese Studies, 1996).
  • Hollis, R., ed., Turning Point: The Soviets, Their Successors and the Middle East (London: Macmillan 1993).

Journal articles[edit]

  • Hollis, R., 'No friend of democratization: Europe's role in the genesis of the 'Arab Spring' ', International Affairs, Vol. 88, No. 1, January 2012, pp. 81–94.
  • Hollis, R., ed., 'The Israeli-Palestinian road block: can Europeans make a difference? International Affairs, Vol.80, No.2, March 2004, pp. 191–201.
  • Hollis, R., 'Getting out of the Iraq trap', International Affairs Vol.79, No.1, January 2003, pp. 23–35.
  • Hollis, R., 'Europe in the Middle East: Power by Stealth?' International Affairs, Vol.73, No.1, January 1997, pp. 15–29.
  • Hollis, R., 'The Politics of Israeli-European Economic Relations', Israel Affairs, No.1, September 1994, pp. 118–134.
  • Hollis, R., 'Inter-Arab Politics and the Gulf War: States' Rights Take Precedence over Pan-Arabism', Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Autumn/Winter 1991-2.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Professor Rosemary Hollis". City University London.
  2. ^ "House of Commons". House of Commons. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Professor Rosemary Hollis". The Huffington Post.
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  8. ^ "The Olive Tree Programme, About Us". City University London.
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