Professor Robert G. Patman



Professor Robert G Patman is HOD of Politics at the University of Otago. He previously served as the Founding Director of the multidisciplinary Master of International Studies programme (2000 and 2013); directed or co-directed the annual University of Otago Foreign Policy School on seven occasions; and served as an editor for the scholarly journal International Studies Perspectives (2010 - 14). His research interests encompass US foreign policy, international relations, global security, great powers and the Horn of Africa. Robert is the author or editor of 11 books. Recent publications include a volume called Strategic Shortfall: The 'Somalia Syndrome' and the March to 9/11 (Praeger, 2010) and three co-edited books titled The Bush Leadership, the Power of Ideas, and the War on Terror (Ashgate, 2012): China and the International System: Becoming a World Power (Routledge, 2013); and Science Diplomacy: New Day or False Dawn? (World Scientific Publishers, 2014). He is a Fulbright Senior Scholar, an Honorary Professor of the NZ Defence Command and Staff College, Trentham, and provides regular contributions to the national and international media on global issues and events