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Adjunct Professor Robert Bowker

Dr Robert Bowker, a specialist on Middle East and Islamic issues, is an Adjunct Professor at CAIS. Prior to his appointment in 2008, he served with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), undertaking five postings in the Middle East, including as Australian Ambassador to Jordan (1989-92) and as Australian Ambassador to Egypt (2005-08). At different periods in his diplomatic career, he served as Director, External Relations and Public Information, and subsequently Senior Adviser, Policy Research, of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Gaza and Jerusalem; on the Directing Staff of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College, Canberra, and (in 2004) as Visiting Reader at CAIS. Dr Bowker is the author of Egypt and the Politics of Change in the Arab Middle East (Edward Elgar, 2010); Palestinian Refugees: Mythology, Identity and the Search for Peace (Lynne Rienner, 2003) and Beyond Peace: the Search for Security in the Middle East (Lynne Rienner, 1996).

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