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Former Australian ambassador to Egypt

December 7th, 2010

Area of Expertise: International Relations, Terrorism, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: North Africa and Middle East, Oceania
Geographical Expertise - Country: Australia
Field of Work: Academia, Politics
City: Canberra
Country: Australia
Continent: Australia


Robert Bowker Robert BowkerDr. Bowker became Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at Australian National University (ANU) in 2008, following his retirement from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) at the conclusion of his posting as Australian ambassador to Egypt.

A specialist on Middle East and Islamic issues, Dr. Bowker joined the then-Australian Department of External Affairs in 1971. He had six overseas postings with DFAT. In addition to serving as Australian ambassador to Egypt (2005-2008) and to Jordan (1989-1992), he served in Jeddah (1974-1976) and Damascus (1979 to 1981).

From 1994-1995 Dr. Bowker was the DFAT research scholar at the Australian National University’s Centre for Middle East and Central Asian Studies. In 1997-1998 he was 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. From 2001-2003 he was seconded from DFAT to the Directing Staff of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College, Canberra.

Prior to his posting as Ambassador to Egypt, he was the Visiting Reader in the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (the Middle East and Central Asia), at the ANU teaching graduate courses on the dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Persian Gulf security.

Dr. Bowker is the author of three books on Middle East issues. He has a PhD and MA from the ANU, and a BA (Hons.) from the University of Melbourne.

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