Rosemary Hollis

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About Rosemary Hollis

"At the final session of the conference, which dealt with proposals for security reforms in the Middle East, those present were astounded to hear a far-reaching proposal: the resolution of the conflict by bringing Israel closer to the European Union and making Europe its strategic backup. In other words: in addition to the planned detachment from the Palestinians, Israel's detachment from the Arab Middle East altogether. No less surprising was the identity of the speaker on this issue: Dr. Rosemary Hollis, the head of the Middle East department at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), a research institute that has always had a pro-Arab image. The latest hostilities between the Palestinians and Israel and the geopolitical changes in the Middle East have brought about a change in the position upheld by Hollis, who has headed the department since 1995."
quoted in: Sharon Sadeh, Withdrawing from the Arabs to the embrace of the Europeans, Haaretz, January 26, 2004. This article is entirely about her, and her "revolutionary ideas".

Academic and Professional Experience

  • 1995- Head of Middle East Programme, RIIA
  • 1990-95 Head of Middle East Programme, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies
  • 1989 Research in the Middle East
  • 1980-88 Lecturer, International Relations and Political Science, George Washington University, USA
  • 1975-80 Research posts with print media, TV, advertising agency
  • 1975 MA War Studies, King’s College, London


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