In August 2018 Dr Mason co-convened a workshop at the Gulf Research Meeting "The Gulf States in East Africa: Security, Economic and Strategic Partnerships?"
MESC is very active in Gulf studies. Mason teaches a course on the Politics of the Gulf at the graduate level at AUC. In 2017, Mason's book Egypt and the Gulf: A Renewed Regional Policy Alliance, was published by Gerlach Press. Mason presented a paper on UAE and Qatari aspirations to middle power hood at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University Qatar and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. The paper is expected to be published as part of an edited volume on middle powers in the Middle East by Hurst. This was followed by op-eds in the Globe Post and the Cairo Review of Global Affairs and participation in an event focusing on Saudi - Iranian rivalry, sponsored by Tusiad and Bogazici University in Turkey.
In August 2018, Mason's paper "Breaking the Mold of Small State Classification? The Broadening Spheres of UAE Foreign Policy through Effective Military and Bandwagoning Strategies" was published in the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (Vol. 24, Issue 1, 2018, pp. 95-112). That year, he also convened a workshop on the Gulf States and the Horn of Africa at the Gulf Research Meeting which took place at the University of Cambridge. He is currently working on an edited volume from this workshop with Simon Mabon from Lancaster University.
In 2019, Mason will be part of an interdisciplinary team convening a workshop on sustainable consumption and production in the Gulf. He will also present a paper on Saudi adjustment policies to the lower price of oil from 2014 at a workshop organized by scholars at the University of Southern Denmark and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies.