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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 forthcoming monograph,Saudi Arabia and Iran: Soft Power Rivalry in the Middle East,is to be published by I.B. Tauris in February 2013.
PhD Supervision InterestsInternational Relations of the Middle East
? International Relations of the Persian Gulf
? International Relations theory
? Gulf security
? Political Violence
? Islam and the state within International Relations
? 'Soft power' in the Middle East
? Saudi Arabia
? The 'soft power' of sport
Term 1: Roots of violence
The first term examines the causes of contemporary armed conflicts: its root causes and immediate triggers. We will ask questions such as: how do contemporary wars differ from past wars? Are they caused by economic and political structures or by more behavioural factors such as hatred and mistrust? Is the human aggression that produces violent behaviour determined by instinctive urges or learned behaviour? What impact have the media and Diaspora communities had on political violence and efforts to control and end it?
In the third and final term we take a look at the ongoing 'War on Terror'. In this section we focus on the global role of the USA, and the response of other world actors to the position and actions of the USA. In particular, we examine the how the internal politics of the USA helps to shape and set the agenda for the politics of the global stage. The term concludes with an examination of some of the current issues in world politics - usually focusing on some current or recent conflicts.
The crises to be explored include:
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, forthcoming, 2012.
Mabon, S., Kennedy-Pipe, C., Clubb, G., Terrorism and Political Violence, (London: Sage, 2014).
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.
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)
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 keen musician.
My office hours are Tuesday 1-2 and Friday 10.30-11.30.
Mabon, S. 28/02/2013 London: I. B. Tauris. 290 p.
Research output: Book/Report/Proceedings › Book
Mabon, S. 2012 In: Contemporary Security Policy. 33, 3, p. 530-553, 24 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Journal article
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