My research interests fall within the International Relations of the Middle East and are driven by the interaction of three themes: Religion and Legitimacy; Contested Sovereignty; and Political Violence. I am especially interested in the following areas:
International Relations of the Middle East, International Relations of the Persian Gulf, International Relations theory, Gulf security, Sovereignty, Irredentism, Political Violence, Islam and the state within International Relations, 'Soft power' in the Middle East, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, The 'soft power' of sport
I am the Part 1 Director for Politics and International Relations.
Selected Publications and Presentations
Mabon, S., Saudi Arabia and Iran: Soft power rivalry in the Middle East, (London: I.B. Tauris, 2012).
Mabon, S., 'The Battle for Bahrain: Iranian-Saudi rivalry', Middle East Policy, Vol.19 No.2, 2012.
Mabon, S., 'Kingdom in Crisis: Saudi Arabia, Instability and the Arab Spring', Contemporary Security Policy, Vol.33 No.3, 2012.
Mabon, S., 'Aiding Revolution? Wikileaks, Communication and the Arab Spring in Egypt', Third World Quarterly, Vol.34 No.10, 2013
Mabon, S., Kennedy-Pipe, C., Clubb, G., Terrorism and Political Violence, (London: Sage, 2014).
Mabon, S., Worrall, J., Clubb, G., Hezbollah: From Islamic Resistance to Government (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2014).
International Studies Association, San Francisco, 2013 Paper entitled: Westphalia's Sorites Paradox.
European Association of Israel Studies Munich, 11.09.12 Paper entitled: Perception, Rationality and Religion: Israel and the Iranian nuclear crisis.
International Studies Association, San Diego, 04.04.12 Paper entitled: Aiding Revolution: Wikileaks and the Arab Spring.
POLIS 'Teach In', School of Politics and International Studies,University of Leeds, 18.11.12 Paper entitled: Iran: Rationality and the Nuclear Programme.
Botany House, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds, 11.10.11 Paper entitled: Kingdom in Crisis: Saudi Arabia, instability, and the Arab Spring.
British International Studies Association Manchester, 28.04.11 Paper entitled: Ayatollah Khamenei: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb
The Third World Conference for Middle East Studies (WOCMES-3) Barcelona, 27.07.10Paper entitled: Identity Incongruence in the Gulf: An analytic approach to Middle Eastern International Relations.
I am a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre.
I am also on Twitter: @drmabon
Other Interests and Hobbies
I am an avid snowboarder, a sports fan and a musician.