Robert Mason FHEA FRGS is an 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. He is co-editor of the political economy and international relations of the Middle East series at AUC Press.
Robert has been awarded funding from the European Union and has held fellowships with the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh, and the Changing Character of War Programme at the University of Oxford. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at New York University, the Centre d’etudes de recherche internationales at Science Po in Paris, and was a researcher with the Center for Future Security Strategies at the Hudson Institute in Washington D.C. He holds a BA International Relations and Politics from the University of Westminster, a PG Certificate in Diplomatic Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of London, and a PhD in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter.
Robert is an outward facing researcher who engages globally with academic and non-academic audiences for policy impact. In 2017 alone, he presented his research in the U.S. (including at Harvard University), Egypt, Qatar, Turkey, Russia and South Korea (where he co-hosted the 14th Korea – Middle East Cooperation Forum in Seoul).