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Dr Simon Mabon


Simon Mabon


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
  • Sectarianism
  • Political Islam(s)
  • The post Arab Uprisings Middle East
  • Gulf politics
  • Gulf security
  • State-society relations 

My current research explores the interaction of these themes. My next monograph will explore the fragmentation of state-society relations in the post Arab Uprisings Middle East.


Current Teaching

Current Teaching:

I am the Part 1 Convenor for Politics and International Relations.

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, 2015).

Mabon, S., Worrall, J., Clubb, G., Hezbollah: From Islamic Resistance to Government (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2015).

I am a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre. 



Daesh, Geopolitics and the Resurgence of Pan Arabism? Available at: http://fpc.org.uk/fsblob/1691.pdf (Co-authored with Lucia Ardovini)

IS, Regional Security and the End of Sykes-Picot?, Available at: http://fpc.org.uk/fsblob/1651.pdf  (Co-authored with Dr Stephen Royle).

Constructing Sectarianisms, Available at: http://fpc.org.uk/fsblob/1614.pdf

The Middle Eastern ‘Great Game’, Available at: http://fpc.org.uk/articles/615

A 'New Hope' as the 'Empire Strikes Back'- British Soft Power in 2013, Available at:http://fpc.org.uk/articles/588

Bahrain – between Geopolitical and Humanitarian Concerns, Available at: http://fpc.org.uk/articles/565

Saudi Arabia, 'New Media' and UK Relations with the Kingdom, Available at: http://fpc.org.uk/articles/560


I am the Director of the Richardson Institute.

I am also on Twitter: @drmabon


Other Interests and Hobbies

I am an avid snowboarder, Arsenal and general sports fan and a musician.

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