China’s Emerging Role in the Middle East
China's Role in the Middle East
At the beginning of 2016, President Xi Jinping visited Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt signaling Beijing's new level of engagement with the Middle East. Chinese state media labeled China's approach "bright, clear dawn." But what are Beijing's goals and how does it aim to achieve them? Focusing on both the security and soft-power dimension as well as energy and infrastructure, the Institute of Current World Affairs and the Johns Hopkins-SAIS China Studies Program will bring together leading experts to illuminate China's evolving relationship with the Middle East.
Keynote: Kent Calder
Edwin O. Reischauer Professor at the School of Advanced Inter-national Studies (SAIS), Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, Director of Asian Studies Programs
Naser al-Tamimi (from Doha)
Independent UK-based Middle East Researcher, Political Analyst, and Commentator
Director and Senior Fellow of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Program Specialist in the China Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace
Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin's Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs and Senior Fellow for China Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC
Senior Research Associate, KNG Health
Sarah Kaiser-Cross (from Dubai)
Works for a private financial institution based in Dubai, focusing on the nexus of contemporary security threats and finance in the Middle East.
Senior Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University
Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University