Robert Mason

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Robert Mason is a Non-Resident Fellow at The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and at the Gulf Research Center in Jeddah. Previously, he was an associate professor and director of the Middle East Studies Center at the American University in Cairo. He was also a visiting scholar in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, a visiting research fellow at the University of Oxford, and a visiting research fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. He specializes in Gulf politics and the international relations of the Middle East.


Egypt is reportedly engaged in serious talks aimed at repairing its relationship with Iran, following the restoration of ties between Cairo’s Gulf allies and the Islamic Republic over the past year. But given their own fraught history and Egypt’s unique geopolitical considerations, a rapprochement between the two countries is not guaranteed.
Robert Mason