Thursday, May 18, 2017

THE MIDDLE EAST AT STRATETIC CROSSROADS: CHANGE OF REGIONAL ORDER AND THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE - MAY 22-23, 2017 Shanghai, China

THE MIDDLE EAST AT STRATETIC CROSSROADS:
CHANGE OF REGIONAL ORDER AND THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE

HOSTED BY
SHANGHAI INSTITUTES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (SIIS)
Organized by Center For West Asian and African Studies, SIIS
Assisted by Research Center for Belt and Road Initiative, SASS

MAY 22-23, 2017
VENUE: SHANGHAI INSTITUTES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
(NO.15, LANE 195, TIANLIN ROAD, SHANGHAI)
Hengshan Picardie Hotel, NO.534, Hengshan Road Shanghai, 86-21-51013030
WORKING LANGUAGE: ENGLISH


MAY 21 (SUNDAY)
Participants check in at Hengshan Picardie Hotel
18:00  Buffet in Hengshan Picardie Hotel

May 22
Venue: SIIS Building
8:30 NON-Shanghai Participants wait in hotel lobby departing for SIIS
9:00- 10:00 OPENING REMARKS AND KEYNOTE SPEECH
Moderator: Prof. Ye Qing, Assistant President of SIIS
Opening Remarks:
➢ Prof. Chen Dongxiao, President of SIIS
➢ Prof. Wang Zhen, Vice President of SASS
Keynote Speech
➢ Mr. Cui Wei, The Department of West Asian and North African Affairs, Foreign Ministry of People’s Republic of China

10:00-10:25 GROUP PHOTO AND COFFEE BREAK
10:25—12:00 THE CHANGE OF REGIONAL ORDER (I)
QUESTIONS AND ISSUES IN FOCUS:
■ What are the new features of Middle Eastregional order?
■ What are the new features of the interactions of major extra-powers?
Moderator:Prof. Yang Guang,
Speakers:
10 minutes for each speaker
➢ Amb. Mohamed Loulichki, The Middle East region between regional rivalries and outside powers strategies
➢ Prof. Ye Qing, Post-order: Regional trend in the Middle East
➢ Prof. Meena Singh Roy, Emerging Regional Order in West Asia and India
➢ Prof. Tang Zhichao, New Normal of Major Powers' interaction and multi-polarization of Middle East
➢ Prof. Huang Zhaoyu, The Middle East Changes: Opportunities and Challenges
12:00—13:15 WORKING LUNCH
13:15—15:00 THE CHANGE OF REGIONAL ORDER (II)
QUESTIONS AND ISSUES IN FOCUS
■ How to categorize the roles of major regional actors?
■ What are the new features of the interactions among major regional actors?
Moderator: Prof. Wang Jian
Speaker:
10 minutes for each speaker
➢ Prof. Tugrul Keskin, Modern Kurdish Nationalism: Transregional Movement in the Context of US foreign Policy
➢ M. Noyan Rona, New Dynamics in the Middle East: Turkey’s Position
➢ Ms. Liu Xin, New Turkey and OBOR: How to enhance bilateral relations within new context
➢ Dr. Yang Chen, From Parliamentary System to Presidential System: Turkey’s Political Choice in the Transitional Period
➢ Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Iran’s role in regional order (5 minutes)
➢ Dr. Mohammed Sudairi, Saudi’s role in regional order (5 minutes)
➢ Prof. Wu Bingbing, Future Relations between Iran and GCC relations
15:15—15:30 COFFEE BREAK
15:30—17:00 THE BELT AND ROAD IN THE MIDDLE EAST
QUESTIONS AND ISSUES IN FOCUS
■ How to categorize the latest progress of the Belt and Road Initiative?
■ What are the major challenges, and what are the suggestions?
■ What do Middle East countries think about the Belt and Road Summits held a week ago?
Moderator: Prof. Li Weijian
Speakers:
10 minutes for each speaker
➢ Prof. Yang Guang, the Opportunities and Challenges of the Belt and Road in the Middle East
➢ Prof. Wang Jian, OBOR initiative and Arab World and the Middle East: Revaluation and Prospect
➢ Prof. Li Lifan, China-Central Asia-West Asia Corridor: Progress and Challenges
➢ Prof. Hossam Ibrahim, The Silk Road Initiative and the Middle East: Opportunities and Challenges
➢ Prof. Wang Feng, Security Dilemma:A Greatest Risk Facing China-Afghan Cooperation in The Belt and Road Plan
➢ Prof. Baris Doster, One Belt One Road, Turkey and China
➢ Prof. Qian Xuming:The Belt and Road Initiative and China-GCC Relations
15:00—15:15 COFFEE BREAK
15:15—17:00 THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS OF REGIONAL HOTSPOTS (Free discussion for the rest part of the time)
■ What are the latest developments and features of terrorist threats in the Middle East?
■ What are the new challenges in this regard?
Moderator: Prof. Sun Degang
Speakers:
10 minutes for each speaker
➢ Prof. Yu Jianhua, Some Personal Observations on the evolution of regional political and security situation
➢ Prof. Wang Zhen, The Challenges and Perspectives of Syria’s Counter-terror War in the Trump Era
➢ Prof. Seyed Mohammad Marandi, State Actors and the Rise of Extremism
➢ MS. Wang Zhuo, Comparing Chinese and US Policy in the Gulf: Case Studies of Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia
➢ Mr. Zhou Yiqi, China and Russia in Syrian Crisis: Common Grounds and Difference

17:00 PARTICIPANTS DEPART FOR DINNER IN THE HOTEL
   17:40   DINNER HOSTED FOR NON-SHANGHAI PARTICIPANTS
May 23 (Tuesday)
9:00-10:30 CHINA’S ROLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
QUESTIONS AND ISSUES IN FOCUS
How to categorize China’s roles in the region?
Moderator: Prof.Wu Bingbing
Speakers
10 minutes for each speaker
➢ Sun Degang, China's Mediation Diplomacy in the Middle East Conflict Resolution
➢ Prof. Ding Long, China’s Encounter with Violent Extremism at Home and Abroad
➢ Prof. Jin Liangxiang, China’s Role in the Middle East: Current Debates and Future Trends
➢ Prof. Bao Chengzhang, China’s Participation in Middle East Security Affairs: Political Traps or Practical Needs?
➢ Dr. Mohammed Sudairi, The Challenges of Saudi-China relations
➢ Prof. Ahmed Ali Salem, The Value Base of China-Arab Cooperation

10:30—10:45 COFFEE BREAK
10:45—11:45 FREE DISCUSSION
Moderator: Prof. Jin Liangxiang
11:45—12:00 CONCLUSION REMARKS
Moderator:Prof. Jin Liangxiang
12:00—13:00 WORKING LUNCH
13:00 NON-SHANGHAI PARTICIPANTS BEGAN TO LEAVE SHANGHAI

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