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Rob Geist Pinfold is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Division of International Relations at the University of Haifa and a Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, where he is affiliated to the Centre for Grand Strategy. Additionally, he is a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Defence Studies, King’s College London, where he teaches on the department’s online MA course in International Affairs.

Previously, Rob has taught at BA and MA levels, as well as in the military education sector, at the Department of War Studies and the Department of Defence Studies at King’s College London. He also held research fellowships at the Institute for National Security Studies – a leading Israeli think tank – as well as at the University of Haifa.

Rob holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. His research intersects the study of strategy and territorial conflict, with a focus on the Middle East. His publications include articles in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, The Journal of Strategic Studies and Mediterranean Politics. He also jointly edited a book, Understanding Israel: Political, Societal and Security Challenges, which was published by Routledge in 2019.


2018 PhD in War Studies, King’s College London, UK

2012 MA in Terrorism, Security and Society, King’s College London, UK

2010 BA in Politics and Modern History, the University of Manchester, UK

Research Fellowships:

2019-Present Department of War Studies, King’s College London, UK, Research Fellow

2016-2018 The Institute for National Security Studies, Israel, Neubauer Research Fellow

2016-2017 The University of Haifa, Israel, Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow

Academic Positions:

2018-Present Division of International Relations, the University of Haifa, Israel, Post-Doctoral Researcher

2019-Present Department of Defence Studies, King’s College London, UK, Teaching Fellow

2015-2016 Department of War Studies, King’s College London, UK, Graduate Teaching Assistant


Rob Geist Pinfold and Joel Peters, 2019, ‘The Limits of Israel’s Periphery Strategy: Lessons from the Caucasus and Central Asia’, Mediterranean Politics, published online, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13629395.2019.1693125

Rob Geist Pinfold and M. L. R. Smith, 2019, ‘Theorising Territorial Withdrawal: The Need to Think Strategically’, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, published online, DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2019.1661083

Rob Geist Pinfold, 2019, ‘Territorial Withdrawal as Multilateral Bargaining: Revisiting Israel’s “Unilateral” Withdrawals from Gaza and Southern Lebanon’, The Journal of Strategic Studies, published online, DOI: 10.1080/01402390.2019.1570146.

Joel Peters and Rob Geist Pinfold (Eds.), 2018, Understanding Israel: Political, Security and Societal Challenges (Oxford: Routledge)

Joel Peters and Rob Geist Pinfold, 2015, ‘Consolidating Right-Wing Hegemony: The Israeli Election, 2015’, Mediterranean Politics 20 (3): 405-412.

Courses taught in the academic year 2019-20:

Understanding Israeli Security Policy: Territory, Occupations and Withdrawals (spring term)


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