New Perspectives on Middle East Politics

Economy, Society, and International Relations

Edited by Robert Mason

This compelling volume examines important and cross-cutting themes in the study of contemporary Middle East and North African politics and internation

English edition
272 pp.
15 x 23cm
ISBN 9781617979903
For sale worldwide


This compelling volume examines important and cross-cutting themes in the study of contemporary Middle East and North African politics and international relations in the current climate. Drawing together contributions from scholars based within the region and beyond, it weaves together essential interdisciplinary, conceptually rich, and forward-looking content. Chapters cover population and youth, civil–military relations, soft power and geopolitical competition, regionalization and internationalization of conflict, the role of oil in reconstruction efforts, extra-regional actors, environmental politics, and specifically, the Israel–Palestine conflict. Students are supported with an extended and innovative glossary, including key concepts, actors and abbreviations. New Perspectives on Middle East Politics serves as an ideal primer and companion volume for scholars of contemporary Middle East Studies, as well as for policy professionals, journalists and the general reader engaging and re-engaging with the region.

Contributor affiliations:

  • Mohamed Abdelraouf, Gulf Research Centre, Jeddah, United Arab Emirates
  • Dina Arakji, Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Eyad AlRefai, Lancaster University, Lancashire, England and King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • Philipp Casula, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Ishac Diwan, Paris Sciences et Lettres and Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France
  • Seif Hendy, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Simon Mabon, Lancaster University, Lancashire, England
  • Robert Mason, Lancaster University, Lancashire, England
  • Neil Partrick, freelance consultant, UK

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Robert Mason

 Robert Mason is a Fellow of the Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation project at Lancaster University and currently sits on the International Studies Association (ISA) Foreign Policy Analysis Section Executive Board. He was associate professor and director of the Middle East Studies Center at the American University in Cairo 2016-2019, Visiting Scholar in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University in 2019, and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford in 2016. His research focuses mainly on the international relations of the Middle East, including Gulf politics, Euro-Med and Middle East - Asia relations. He is author or editor of numerous books, including Reassessing Order and Disorder in the Middle East: Regional Imbalance or Disintegration? (2017), Egypt and the Gulf: A Renewed Regional Policy Alliance (2016), Muslim Minority–State Relations: Violence, Integration and Policy (2016), International Politics of the Arab Spring: Popular Unrest and Foreign Policy (2014) and Foreign Policy in Iran and Saudi Arabia: Economics and Diplomacy in the Middle East (2014).