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Robert Bowker


Dr Robert Bowker is a specialist on Middle East and Islamic issues and an Adjunct Professor at Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies until December 2012 (ANU).

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.

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