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Peter Rodgers

Peter Rodgers is a former senior officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade whose appointments included two ambassadorial postings and head of the Australian Overseas Information Service. He provides professional development training to a range of Australian Government organisations and, through the Australian National University and the University of the South Pacific, to government officials from the Pacific, South Asia and the Caribbean. Peter has also worked as a journalist. As Jakarta correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald he received the Australian Journalist of the Year Award. He has written two books on the Middle East (Herzl’s Nightmare – one land two peoples; Arabian Plights) and prize winning short fiction.

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Herzl’s Nightmare — one land, two peoples by Peter Rodgers

Cover of Herzl's NightmareTheodor Herzl’s dream of a national homeland for the Jewish people was realized when Israel declared its independence in 1948. Yet it was made possible through the deaths of millions of European Jews and at the expense of Palestinian society—a people who would never forget what they saw as a grave injustice. Herzl’s dream would prove illusory. Peter Rodgers is a brave man. He has the courage to write what many of us feel about the Arab-Israel conflict but dare not say—that our world is hostage to a struggle with no apparent solution in a blood-soaked land that is captive to past…This is a brilliant, timely and disturbing book.

Phillip Knightley, author of The First Casualty

Arabian Plights — the future Middle East

Cover of Arabian PlightsThe Arab footprint on our world is profound – from Islam to astronomy, from oil to Osama bin Laden. But can the threads of a shared language, a mostly shared religion, and overlapping historical experience equip Arab states to meet the demands of the twenty-first century? The demand for food, water, education, and jobs, all driven by huge population growth, plus the big picture issues of global warming and national and regional security are the stuff of nightmares.‘Rodgers not only asks the pertinent question, “What will the Middle East look like in 2020″, but is courageous enough to have a stab at answering it and to prescribe what needs to be done to avoid disaster.’
Robert Newton, former Australian diplomat

‘… any readers of his book would put it down significantly better informed than when they picked it up.’
Jake Lynch, Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

‘… a knowledgeable, passionate, intelligent argument for change in Western dealings with the Middle East.’
Sarah Hogan, Media Culture reviews

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2 thoughts on “Peter Rodgers”

  1. Hi Peter, it has been many years since we were in touch but I just read your piece on John Menadue’s blog and thought I would reach out. I am still very involved in South East Asia and India and slowly moving my base back to Sydney after another 7 years in Singapore – see or

    BTW that was a very graphic and effective start to your piece on capital punishment.

    I hope all goes well with you.



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