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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 Tuesday and Wednesday 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:

  • Islam, the state and umma
  • 'Soft power' security dilemmas
  • Gulf politics
  • Internal-external security dilemmas
  • Re-conceptualising sovereignty
  • Irredentist and secessionist movements
  • Gulf security
  • Hizballah
  • The Internet and 'cyber sovereignty'


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

Current Teaching:

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

  • POLI100: Politics & Governance in the Contemporary World
  • PPR225: Introduction to Peace Studies
  • PPR345: Exploring the Persian Gulf
  • PPR227: The Foreign Policies of Contesting Powers
  • I also contribute to PPR333: Contemporary Politics of the Middle East

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).

Works in Progress

The Quest for Legitimacy: Islam and ‘Soft Power’ competition in the Middle East, under review.

Sovereignty’s Sorites Paradox, under review.

Pursuing Legitimacy in a Period of Transition: The Bahraini state as viewed from above and below, work in progress, co-authored with Sossie Kasbarian.

Sharing Sectarianisms? Exploring the cases of Bahrain and Northern Ireland, co-authored with Gordon Clubb

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.

Invited Speaker

MOD, University of Bradford: Hard Power, Soft Power and Regional Security: Exploring Conflict  and Competition within the Persian Gulf (18.10.12)

Department of Politics, University of  Sheffield: Ayatollah Khamenei or: How I  Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (04.05.12)


Additional Information

I am a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre. I am also the Strategy and Dissemination  Co-Ordinator of the Terrorism and Political Violence Association. See  www.tapva.com

In addition 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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