Johns Hopkins SAIS partners with the Institute of Current World Affairs to host "China's Role in the Middle East" on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016


"China’s Role in the Middle East," a conference to shed light on a critical and under-studied issue, will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in partnership with the Institute of Current World Affairs.

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt at the beginning of 2016, signaling Beijing's new level of engagement with the Middle East. But what are Beijing's goals and how does it aim to achieve them? 


Focusing on the security and soft-power dimension, as well as energy and infrastructure, the Institute of Current World Affairs and China Studies Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS will bring together leading experts to discuss China's evolving relationship with the Middle East.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Kent Calder
Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies and Director of Asian Studies Programs at Johns Hopkins SAIS

Panel 1: China’s Dynamic Approach to Regional Instability in the Middle East 
Jon Alterman
Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

I-Wei Jennifer Chang
Program Specialist in the China Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace

Camille Pecastaing
Senior Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS

Sarah Kaiser Cross
Dubai-based analyst, financial services industry

Panel 2: Beyond "Strategic Partnerships”: Energy, Infrastructure, and Economic Interdependency
Robert Sutter
Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University

Chaoling Feng
Senior Research Associate at KNG Health Consulting, LLC

Joshua Eisenman
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin

Nasser Al Tamimi
Author of “China-Saudi Arabia Relations, 1990-2012: Marriage of Convenience or Strategic Alliance?”


Time and Date
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday, December 2, 2016

Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036

The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can RSVP through the online registration form. Camera setup will only be permitted from 8:00-8:30 a.m.

Media Contact
Stacy A. Anderson
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile   

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016