SEPADPod with Robert Mason

23rd Apr 2019 by Dr. Simon Mabon

On this episode of SEPADPod Simon speaks with Robert Mason, Associate Professor and Director of the Middle East Studies Center at The American University in Cairo. His research focus is on the international relations of the Middle East, with an emphasis on the Gulf states – particularly Saudi Arabia and Iran – as well as U.S., Russian, U.K. and European Union foreign policy, Islam and the state, security and development studies. Mason is the author of myriad books and articles pertaining to Middle Eastern IR including Reassessing Order and Disorder in the Middle East: Regional Imbalance or Disintegration? (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) and Foreign Policy in Iran and Saudi Arabia: Economics and Diplomacy in the Middle East,(I. B. Tauris, 2014). On this episode Simon and Robert talk about Saudi-Iranian relations, Israel-Palestine, the Horn of Africa and structural factors that shape relations across the region.