Stuart Laing was Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge from October 2008 to August 2018, after a first career in the British Foreign Service. He specialised in Arab and Middle Eastern affairs, serving in Saudi Arabia and in Cairo, and then as Ambassador in Muscat (2002-05), and later in Kuwait (2005-08). He researches and writes on Arab and East African history. He is co-author (with Robert Alston, another former Ambassador in Muscat) of a book on Omani-British history, Unshook Till the End of Time, took an MPhil at Cambridge in 2012 on the abolition of slave trading in the Indian Ocean, and has published a biography of Tippu Tip, the Arab-African ivory trader of the late 19th century.
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