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:
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.
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, 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.