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International Relations of the Middle East

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Professor Rory Miller

  • Great Power (EU, US & Chinese) involvement in the Modern Middle East
  • Small State Diplomacy in the Middle East
  • Ireland & the Middle East
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Political and Economic development of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

Professor Miller's research, teaching and supervision as it relates to IR focuses on Small States in the International System, External Intervention in the Middle East; Europe and the Arab-Israeli Conflict; 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’s 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. 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. He is the author or editor of 8 books and many scholarly articles and has written widely in policy publications and the international media, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The Jerusalem Post and The National (Abu Dhabi). 

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Dr Stacey Gutkowski

Dr Stacey Gutkowski holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Cambridge. Her research is at the crossroads of international political sociology and critical security studies, focusing on the relationship between the West and the Middle East. Stacey’s primary interest is in how so-called secular ways of living and knowing condition people’s understandings of security, and the ramifications for global politics. She is interested in culture and warfare, British and American security politics in the region, and cross-border jihadism and Islamist politics. Her country interests are Iraq and Jordan. In the summer of 2013 Stacey will be conducting field research in Amman on intercultural dialogue and Jordanian-Western relations after 2001. She is currently working on a new book project on war and secular subjectivity, which asks to what extent does living through transnational war lead people to be more or less ‘religious’. 

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