Author profile: Robert Mason

Robert Mason is Associate Professor and Director of the Middle East Studies Center at the American University in Cairo. His most recent book is Reassessing Order and Disorder in the Middle East: Regional Imbalance or Disintegration? (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017).

An Mi-26 heavy lift cargo helicopter of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) is seen landing as UNMIS troops prepare to depart from their mission site in armoured personnel carriers for a patrol around Abyei town.

Humanitarian Interventionism Is Dead, Long Live Humanitarian Interventionism

The consequences of poorly implemented measures can be dire so it’s not just a Responsibility to Protect but a Responsibility to Implement Effective Policy.

Succession in Saudi Arabia and What It Means for the Future of Saudi Policy

Succession in Saudi Arabia and What It Means for the Future of Saudi Policy

Succession is designed for the purpose of ensuring a smooth transition of state leadership, but it is always a complex affair.

Saudi – Bangladeshi Relations in Perspective

Saudi – Bangladeshi Relations in Perspective

Should Saudi tensions with Iran ease, relations with Bangladesh could pick up as Ministers in Riyadh feel able to further diversify relations in South Asia.

Beyond Chemical Weapons Control: Securing a Ceasefire and Broadening the Diplomatic Agenda on Syria

Beyond Chemical Weapons Control: Securing a Ceasefire and Broadening the Diplomatic Agenda on Syria

With diplomatic relations improving between the US and Russia, it is time to consider diplomacy-driven measures to achieve a UN Security Council Resolution that establishes a durable Syrian peace process.

Review – Obama and the Middle East

Review – Obama and the Middle East

As Barack Obama prepares to enter a second term Fawaz Gerges assesses his first term in relation to the Middle East, examining the major themes and historical constraints of Obama’s foreign policy.

The Gradual Tilt to Asia: Cause for Re-Defining Saudi Arabia’s Regional Environment?

The Gradual Tilt to Asia: Cause for Re-Defining Saudi Arabia’s Regional Environment?

By promoting and continuing to dominate the sub-regionalisation of Middle East foreign policy through a more integrated and assertive GCC, Saudi Arabia could stand itself in good stead to gain from a tilt to Asia.

Hamas, Israel and the Transition to a Palestinian State

Hamas, Israel and the Transition to a Palestinian State

Israel would be in a better position if it accepted the Arab Peace Plan put forward by Saudi Arabia and addressed the sixty years of UN resolutions that deal with the unilateral decision making of the Palestinian National Authority. That way Israel would benefit from normalised relations with Arab nations, which is more conducive to its national interest.

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