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?"
From 31 July to 3 August, Dr Mason convened a workshop on the Gulf States and the Horn of Africa at the Gulf Research Meeting which took place at Cambridge University. Drawing together scholars from both African Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, the workshop explored multiple themes such as the history, economy, politics and security of the regions and transnational linkages between the two. The workshop was especially timely given recent developments affecting relations such as the Yemen conflict, Qatar crisis, Eritrea-Ethiopia rapprochement and the UAE withdrawal of security cooperation from Somalia.
Some of the collected papers are expected to form an edited volume.
MESC is active in Gulf studies. Dr Mason teaches a course on the Politics of the Gulf at the graduate level at AUC.
His recent activity includes:
Forthcoming book chapter, "Security, Aspirations, and Influence: The Politics of a Small State", (the result of a workshop at CIRS, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar).
Co-convenor of a panel with Dr. Simon Mabon (Lancaster University) The Gulf States in East Africa: Security, Economic and Strategic Partnerships?, Gulf Research Meeting, University of Cambridge, 29 July - 4 August 2018.
Forthcoming book review: Challenged Hegemony: The United States, China and Russia in the Persian Gulf, by Steve A. Yetiv and Katerina Oskarsson, (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2018), for Middle East Journal, Summer 2018.
"Breaking the Mold of Small State Classification? The Broadening Spheres of UAE Foreign Policy through Effective Military and Bandwagoning Strategies", Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Vol. 24, Issue 1, 2018, pp. 95-112.
"Winds of Change in Riyadh", The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, 13 November 2017
"Saudi Visit to Moscow: Driving a Wedge Between Russia and Iran", The Globe Post, 10 October 2017
"Qatar and the UAE: Small State Aspirations to Middle Powerhood", Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, September 2017.
Book review: Muted Modernists, Madawi Al-Rasheed, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), for Review of Middle East Studies, Vol. 51, Issue 2, August 2017, pp. 258-260.
Egypt and the Gulf: A Renewed Regional Policy Alliance, Gerlach Press, published in 2017.