China, the US, and the Arab World: Historical and Contemporary Relations

Washington, United States

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The 2012 CCAS/SFS-Q joint conference with the Peking University (PKU) School of Foreign Languages proposes to explore historical and current aspects of the broader triangular relations between China, the US, and the Arab World. Scholars from Georgetown University and Peking University will examine and address a range of related topics, from Arabic literature, language, and teaching to the various political, sociocultural, intellectual and economic dimensions of the ongoing Arab revolutions.

Day Two

8:45 am - 9:00 am: Coffee & Registration

9:00 am - 10:45 am: Panel 4: Perspectives on the Arab revolutions - Politics and international relations

Samer Shehata, CCAS, Georgetown University
Too Little, Too Late: The Mubarak Regime's Response to Dynamic Protest

Mehran Kemrava, CIRS, SFS-Q, Georgetown University
Perspectives on the Arab revolutions

H.E. Yang Fuchang, Institute for Arab-Islamic Culture, PKU
China-Arab Cultural Exchanges: From Ancient Times to the Present

Wu Bingbing, Department of Arabic, School of Foreign Languages/Institute of Arab-Islamic Culture, PKU
Arab World in Change
10:45 am - 11:00 am: Break
11:00 am - 12:45 pm: Panel 5: Perspectives on the Arab revolutions - History, culture, society
Bassam Haddad, CCAS, Georgetown University/MES, George Mason University
Syria’s Deepening Impasse
Mohamed Zayani, SFS-Q, Georgetown University
Al Jazeera’s WikiLeaks: Arab Media, Power Politics and the Middle East Conflict
Lin Fengmin, Department of Arabic Language and Culture School of Foreign Languages, PKU
The Impact of Arab Spring on Cultural Landscape of the Region
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:45 pm: Panel 6: Economy, Energy, Environment

Joseph Sassoon, CCAS, Georgetown University
Iraq’s Economy: Past and Present
Sharif El-Musa, American University in Cairo
The Tragedy of the Commons in the Arab Region?
Zahra Babar, CIRS, SFS-Q, Georgetown University
Migration in the Gulf

Song Yuqin College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, PKU
Actions to Combat Desertification
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm: Break
4:00 - 5:00 pm: Wrap-up session

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Marina Krikorian

 Public Affairs Coordinator

 phone: 202-687-6215