Philip Robins's professional career spans journalism, policy studies, consultancy and academia. His engagement with the Middle East dates from 1976, when he lived and worked in Israel. He was later based in Jordan, working for the BBC and The Guardian. His connection with the Economist Intelligence Unit dates back to 1983. Philip Robins undertook his doctoral research in the Politics Department at the University of Exeter, under Tim Niblock. Professor Robins joined Chatham House in 1987, where he was later the founder of the Middle East Programme. Professor Robins was a visiting professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Bosphorus University in Istanbul, 1994/5. He came to Oxford to take up his current post in 1995. In 2009/2010, Professor Robins held the post of Junior Proctor within the University.
Philip Robins has two main areas of current research interest: foreign policy analysis of Middle East states; the politics of narcotic drugs.
He is in the process of developing a new research interest on leadership in the Middle East.
Professor Robins is currently writing a book on narcotic drugs in the Middle East, with a grant from the British Academy. He recently completed a research project on drugs policy responses in the northern tier of the Middle East, also funded by the British Academy. Before that, he was the recipient of a Leverhulme grant to study the foreign policy of Turkey, a project which led to a major book publication in 2003.
Professor Robins continuing research interests also include: the international relations of the region; comparative public policy in the Middle East; politics and society in the Gulf states, Jordan and Turkey.Foreign Policy and diplomacy History International cooperation International relations Public Policy
Course provider for Middle East Politics option (211) to Under-graduate PPE and MHP students.
Masters option courses for MMES MPhil & Mst students in: Middle East Politics; International Relations of the Middle East; History of Turkey, 1908-1980; Politics of the Gulf.
Professor Robins has also taught the Masters course on the International Relations of the Cold War Era at Oxford.
Middle East Drugs Bazaar Production, Prevention and Consumption (Hurst & Co, January 2015)
The Role, Position and Agency of Cusp States in International Relations (Routledge, June 2014)
The Middle East: A Beginners' Guide (Oneworld, Oxford, 2009) 203 pp
Suits and Uniforms. Turkish Foreign Policy Since the Cold War (University of Washington Press, Seattle, 2003) 404pp (Expanded translation into Turkish, published 2009)
A History of Jordan (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2004), 243 pp
Recent Journal Articles:
' Narcotic Drugs in Dubai: Lurking in the Shadows', British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies Volume 41, Issue 2, (March 2014)
‘Turkey: the foreign policy of a newly activist power’, in International Affairs Vol.89, No.2, (March 2013)
‘Public policy making in Turkey: faltering attempts to generate a national drugs policy’ in Policy & Politics 37:2, (April 2009)
‘Back From the Brink: Turkey’s Ambivalent Approaches to the Hard Drugs Issue’ in The Middle East Journal Vol.62, No.4 (Autumn 2008)
‘Turkish Foreign Policy Since 2002: Between a ‘Post-Islamist’ Government and a Kemalist State’ in International Affairs Vol.83, 2 (March 2007)
‘The Opium Crisis and the Iraq War: Historical Parallels in Turkey-US Relations’ in Mediterranean Politics Vol.12, No.1, (March 2007)
‘A Double Gravity State: Turkish Foreign Policy Reconsidered’ in BRIJMES Vol.33, No.2, (November 2006) (Text of the 2005 BRISMES Annual Lecture)
‘Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick, Slow: Saudi Arabia’s ‘Gas Initiative’’ in Energy Policy No.32, (2004)
Recent Book Chapters:
‘Victory of Friendship’?: Asad, Erdogan and Football Diplomacy in Aleppo’ in Hinnebusch, Raymond & Tur, Ozlem, eds., Turkey-Syria Relations. Between Enmity and Amity (Ashgate, Farnham, 2013)
‘The Middle East and Illicit Drugs: A Forgotten Region?’ in J.D.Buxton ed., The Politics of Narcotic Drugs (Routledge, London, 2010)
‘Jordan. Among Three Nationalisms’ in S.C.M.Paine, Nation Building, State Building, and Economic Development (M.E.Sharpe, New York, 2010)
‘The War for Regime Change in Iraq’ in Louise Fawcett ed, The International Relations of the Middle East 2nd ed (OUP, Oxford, 2009)
‘Turkey, Europe and the Iraq War’ in Christian-Peter Hanett, Giacomo Luciani & Felix Neugart eds., Regime Change in Iraq: The Transatlantic and Regional Dimensions (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Florence, 2004)
Turkish politics and foreign policy
International Relations of the Persian Gulf
Illegal drugs issues in the Middle East and beyond