This conference will take place 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Israel Daylight Time / 2:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. ET (US).
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have become central to China’s foreign policy strategy after decades of being relegated to the periphery.
Since the COVID pandemic, China’s growing influence in the MENA region has been hampered by a number of domestic factors: sluggish growth rates, pollution, an aging population, and a tighter authoritarian grip on the population, especially Muslim minorities. More recently, COVID lockdowns in dozens of Chinese cities, including Shanghai and Beijing, have made exchanges and research in China increasingly difficult. These and other challenges have had a significant impact on Beijing’s engagement with the region.
Against the backdrop of escalating US-China strategic rivalry, new dynamics in the MENA region, and traditional and novel global security concerns, this conference will bring together leading experts to explore these and related issues. It will synthesize their collective expertise to identify important trends and identify ways in which the United States and Israel might collaborate on policy.
Presented by the Keough School of Global Affairs and the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, with support from Notre Dame International and the Notre Dame International Security Center.
- Panel 1: China and the Global Strategic Landscape
- Panel 2: China’s Political and Economic Clout in the Middle East
- Book Talk: Professor Joshua Eisenman, China’s Strategic Relations with Africa: A New Era of Political and Security Engagement
- Panel 3: China in Africa
- Panel 4: China and Israel