Middle East Studies
Philip Robins currently has two main research interests, covering issues of foreign policy analysis and illicit drugs. With respect to the former, he works mainly on Turkey. Dr Robins will be taking part in a conference in Antalya, south-east Turkey, 29-30 November this year, which in part will be discussing foreign relations. Among other things, the meeting will address bilateral topics between the UK and Turkey. View publications
Dr Robins’ next book will focus squarely on illicit drugs in the Middle East, and will cover some 10 countries in relation to the issue. He is committed to continuing with the topic. He has just published a paper on illicit drugs in Dubai. He is currently working on a paper addressing the issue of the impact of the ‘Arab Awakening’ on illegal drugs in Egypt. See publications
Philip Robins was invited on a sponsored visit to Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he took part in a panel discussion with Chinese colleagues on the issue of China and the Middle East. The session was presided over by Professor Chen
Jenny Hestermann (Technische Universität Berlin): Anti-German but Pro-Zionist: On the politics and ideology of the Antideutsche
Shelley Harten (Freie Universität Berlin): The Predicament of Context Art: How to mediate Israeli iconography stripped off its national coordinates
A Tale of Two Forests - Comparing the Historical Patterns of Deforestation and Conservation in the Brazilian Atlantic and Amazon Forests - 1930-2012 Free and open to all.
Over the past decade, faculty positions in Israel Studies have been created at universities throughout the English-speaking world.