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Dr Simon Mabon


Simon Mabon

County South

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YL

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594253

Office Hours:

My office hours are Monday and Thursday 11-12


Research overview

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:

  • Sovereignty in the Middle East
  • Gulf politics
  • Gulf security
  • Hizballah 
  • Sectarianism


PhD supervision

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

Current Teaching

Additional Information

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).


Conference  Papers

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.

Additional Information

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.

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