Robert is the Manager of the Middle East Centre. He joined the centre when it opened in the autumn of 2010. He is responsible for establishing and running the centre's operations and contributes to strategic planning and fundraising. He manages the centre's administrative staff, resources and events programme, and oversees the execution of research projects and public outreach.
Robert was previously Manager and Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House. He held a Research Fellowship from The Leverhulme Trust from 2008 to 2010 and was an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, from 2008 to 2010. His publications include: Co-editor with G. Stansfield, The Kurdish Policy Imperative (Chatham House, 2010); 'Kurdish Nationalism in Syria', in M. Ahmed and M. Gunter (eds.), The Evolution of Kurdish Nationalism (Mazda, 2007); Co-editor with M. Keating and A. Le More, Aid, Diplomacy and Facts on the Ground: The Case of Palestine (Chatham House, 2005); and 'Nation building and identity in the Kyrgyz Republic', in T. Everett-Heath (ed.), Central Asia: Aspects of Transition (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003).