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Rory Miller

Professor Rory Miller

Photograph of Professor Rory MillerProfessor in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies

MA admissions tutor (all MEMS programmes)

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2535
Address: Middle East & Mediterranean Studies
King's College London
Room 3.48, Virginia Woolf Building,
22 Kingsway


A native of Dublin, Ireland, he is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BA), and King's College London (MA, PhD). His research, teaching and supervision focuses on Small States in the International System, External Intervention in the Middle East; Europe and the Arab-Israeli Conflict; Palestine during the British Mandate; Euro-Arab economic relations; The socio-economic development of the Gulf-Cooperation Council (GCC); Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Middle East; Ireland and the Middle East; and the economic development of Small States. Professor Miller was Director of MEMS until April 2013. He has also served as a College Innovation Fellow and in 2010 he was awarded a College Supervisory Excellence Award. He is co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan book series on the Political Economy of the Middle East. He sits on the Academic Advisory Board of the “Center for Middle East Peace Studies” at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and on the Executive Committee of the European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS).

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Great Power (EU, US & Chinese) involvement in the Modern Middle East
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Political and Economic development of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
  • Small State Diplomacy in the Middle East
  • Ireland & the Middle East
  • Palestine during the British Mandate
  • History of Zionism and anti-Zionism

My current research focuses on three broad areas. The first is the EU involvement in the Middle East with special focus on its engagement in the Israel-Palestine Conflict and Iran. The second is Great Power competition in the contemporary Middle East – most notably, European, Chinese and US role in the region. The third is the socio-economic and political development the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Two specific projects that I am working on look at how the EU has contributed to conflict resolution in the Middle East and how external powers are developing strategic ties with the GCC states.

Professor Miller has extensive experience supervising PhDs in numerous subject areas. In 2010 he was awarded a College Supervisory Excellence Award. Currently he welcomes enquires from PhD candidates seeking supervision in areas connected to his research interests above.

For more details, please see Rory's full research profile.

Selected publications
  • Inglorious Disarray: Europe, Israel and the Palestinians since 1967, 275 pages, London and New York, Hurst/Columbia University Press, 2011, (hardback) ISBN: 978-1-84904-116-4.
  • Palestine, Britain and Empire: The Mandate Years, 275 pages, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2010, (hardback) ISBN: 978-0-7546-6808-4 (Edited Volume).
  • What Did We Do Right: Global Perspectives on Ireland’s Miracle, 224 pages, Dublin, Blackhall Publishers, 2010 (paperback) ISBN: 978-1-84218-192-8 (with Michael J. O’Sullivan).
  • Public Tensions, Private Ties: Ireland, Israel and the Politics of Mutual Misunderstanding in Clive Jones and Tore T. Petersen (eds.), Israel’s Secret Diplomacies, London and New York, Hurst/Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2012
  • 'US Foreign Relations and the Middle East’, in Timothy Lynch (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History, New York, Oxford University Press, f 2012.
For a complete list of publications, please see Rory's full research profile

Professor Miller will teach on the following modules in the MEMS programme:

  • 7AAJM201 The European Union & the Middle East: Economics, Politics, Peace
  • 7AAJM220 The Politics of Business in the Contemporary Middle East
Expertise and public engagement

TV & Radio News & Documentary Appearances

CNBC Europe; CNN International; Channel 5; ITN News; LBC Radio (London); RTE (Dublin); Newstalk 106 (Dublin); BBC London; BBC Radio 4; BBC America; BBC Brazil; BBC World Service; More 4 News; The Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Background Briefings

Agence France-Presse (Paris); The Associated Press; BBCNewsOnline; Channel Four News; Channel News Asia; The China Daily News; The Christian Science Monitor; Daily Times of Pakistan; Deutsche Welle (Berlin); Europa (Rome); The Guardian; GQ Magazine; The Houston Chronicle; The Independent; Itzvetsia (Moscow); The Jerusalem Post; The Jewish Chronicle; The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (New York); Kyodo News Agency (Tokyo); The Miami Herald; The National Journal (Washington); Netzeitung; The Observer; Reuters; The Seattle Post-Intelligencer; The Spectator Magazine; The Sunday Independent (Ireland); The Sunday Tribune (Ireland); The Turkish Daily News; UPI International (New York).

Recent Articles in Media

  • ‘How to export the principles of the peace process’, The Irish Times, 5 May 2012
  • ‘Nuclear talks: High stakes but low expectations’, The Irish Times, 11 April 2012
  • ‘UAE can learn how a little goes a long way’, The National (Abu Dhabi), 31 January 2012 (with Ghanem Nuseibeh and Mark Napier)
  • ‘Lessons for the UAE from sleeping tiger's hidden capabilities’, The National (Abu Dhabi), 30 November 2011 (with Ghanem Nuseibeh)
  • ‘Ireland’s Crisis offers Lessons for Emerging Markets’, The National (Abu Dhabi), 18 November 2010 (with Michael O'Sullivan)
  • ‘What Europe Does Best’,  Jerusalem Post, 2 November 2010
  • ‘Why the Irish Love the Palestinians So Much’, Foreign Policy, 23 June 2010
  • ’A Collective Arab Approach to China has its Advantages’, The National (Abu Dhabi), 26 May 2010.
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