Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Chinese Israeli Relations in the Context of US Foreign Policy

Chinese Israeli Relations in the Context of US Foreign Policy

Shanghai University

ABSTRACT: Israel was established as a result of European colonialism in the Middle East and anti-Semitism in Europe; whereas, China was established with the combination of socialism and nationalism which was against British and American imperialism. Both countries had to deal with substantial political obstacles within their respective geographical neighborhoods. Achieving the milestone of mutual official recognition, between these two countries has led to dilemmas in their political relations with third parties. Israel established official diplomatic ties with China in 1992. On the other hand, China heavily supported the Palestinian struggle against Israel at the same time as seeking secretive relations with Israel. Both were hesitant to pursue direct and open political and economic relations until Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit in 2013. China now seeks advanced technology cooperation with Israeli companies, while Israel seeks to deepen its economic relations with China. On the other hand, the US openly criticizes Israeli’s military, political and economic cooperation with China. In this paper, I argue that Chinese and Israeli relations are being shaped by the challenges of US-Israeli relations, and I will critically analyze these dynamics.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Rethinking Narratives of China and the Middle East The Silk Roads and Beyond - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA - April 8th-10th, 2021

Rethinking Narratives of China and the Middle East
The Silk Roads and Beyond

Where: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
When: April 8th-10th, 2021

The Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania invites the submission of abstracts for a conference that examines the relationship between China and the Middle East, both ancient and modern.

Keynote Address: Peter Frankopan
Program Committee: William Figueroa, Mohammadbagher Forough, John Garver, John Ghazvinian, Dru Gladney, Renata Holod, Tugrul Keskin, Victor Mair, Dorraj Manochehr, Eleanor Sims, Jinping Wang, Bingbing Wu 

Details below:

The last decade has seen a great deal of scholarly attention on the relationship between China and the Middle East. The majority of these works have been focused on the role of the modern Chinese state in the region. Countless studies and reports have been authored exploring Chinese investment in Middle Eastern economies, its impact on the politics of oil, and the growing interest that Beijing has taken in the region as a whole. Seen through the prism of U.S. foreign policy, China has been configured as a potential threat, possible ally, and above all a growing challenge to U.S. hegemony. New economic and trade initiatives and a flurry of Chinese goods and construction services throughout the region have had a significant impact on existing relationships and geopolitical calculations. The growing presence of Chinese workers and products have transformed the daily lives, consumption habits, and attitudes of many people who are witnessing these transformations first-hand. Whether these changes are disruptive and exploitative, or stabilizing and mutually beneficial is a hotly debated question, but there is no denying that China is becoming a major player in the Middle East.

Studies of the ancient, medieval, and pre-modern relationship between these two major cultural centers have also been flourishing. From maritime trade routes that stretched from the Chinese coast to the Red Sea, to the spread of Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam in the Middle Kingdom, researchers have begun to recognize the historical roots of China’s seemingly novel interest in the Middle East. Mutual influences have been identified in the fields of art, literature, and architecture, especially after the Mongol invasions of the 13th century, which directly connected all of Asia for the first time in history. The world’s two largest collections of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain wares outside China proper are in Turkey and Iran, respectively, collected meticulously by Ottoman sultans and by Shah Abbas I, founder of the Safavid Dynasty in Iran. Although partly spurred by the rise of modern interest in Sino-Middle Eastern connections, this turn in the literature has provided new ways to explore the history of both regions without direct comparison to developments in the West.

“The Silk Road” has often provided a common framework for both fields, from the traditional overland and maritime Silk Roads of ancient times to the “One Belt, One Road” initiative promoted by China today. This framework tends to emphasize a long history of friendly and mutually beneficial interactions, interrupted by the intrusions of Western colonialism, and currently being restored to its former glory. The purpose of this conference is to foster a creative dialogue between scholars of modern Sino-Middle Eastern relations with those working on earlier periods, with the goal of questioning and complicating these conventional narratives. By treating modern Sino-Middle Eastern connections as historically rooted phenomena that expresses complex economic, political, and cultural interactions, it hopes to encourage scholars to move beyond the conventional and explore the many forms of interaction and exchange between China and the Middle East, both in ancient times and today.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of potential topics; however, we will consider any paper that explores connections between China and the Middle East. 

Papers that incorporate additional regions, such as Europe, Central Asia, or South/Southeast Asia are also encouraged, provided they are also incorporate both China and a country in the Middle East, broadly construed.

Ancient and Modern…
Religious and Philosophical Exchange
Cultural and Artistic Exchange
Political and Ideological Exchange
Economic and Technological Exchange
Linguistic and Literary Exchange
Trade and Transportation  Networks 
Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)           
Politics of Modern Sino-Middle Eastern Relations                            
Security and Political Stability
Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of China and the Middle East

Please send abstracts (350 word limit) and a 1-page CV to 
Deadline: 11:59 PM EST Monday, January 21st, 2020

Saturday, September 28, 2019

WORKSHOP: China- US Cooperation (Relations) in Global Governance Cooperation or Conflict? - December 6, 2019 Shanghai University


China- US Cooperation (Relations) in Global Governance
Cooperation or Conflict?

December 6, 2019

Organized by
The Center for Global Governance
Institute of Global Studies
Shanghai University

Information and Objectives

Since Modern China was established in 1949 under the leadership CPC and Mao Zedong, US – China Relations have undergone many changes trigerred by social, political and economic circumstances in both countries. Some of the obstacles, challenges and major historical events experienced in the course of US China relations include the Korean War in 1950, the First Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1954, the Tibetan Uprising in 1959, China’s First Atomic Test in 1969, the Sino-Soviet Border Conflict in 1969, Ping-Pong Diplomacy in 1971, Nixon’s Visit to China in 1972, the establishment of formal ties with the US and the One China Policy in 1979, China vis a vis Reagan’s neoliberal era begun in 1982, the Belgrade Chinese Embassy Bombing by USA in 1999, normalizing trade relations between the US and China in 2000, the U.S.-Sino Spy Plane Standoff in 2001, initiations of a strategic dialogue with China as “Responsible Stakeholder,” China becoming the largest U.S. foreign creditor in 2008, China ranked as the world’s second-largest economy in 2010, the U.S. ‘pivot’ toward Asia initiated by Hillary Clinton in 2010, rising trade tensions under the Obama administration in 2012, China’s emerging domestic leadership in 2012, Sunnylands’ Summit with Barack Obama in 2013, the Joint Climate Announcement in 2014, U.S. warning China over the South China Sea in 2015, Trump hosting Xi at Mar-a-Lago in 2017 and Trump’s tariffs targeting China spurring the escalation of a U.S.-China trade war, Pence’s speech signaling a hardline approach to trade and China policy at the Hudson Institute in 2018, Canada arresting a Huawei Executive in 2018 resulting in Huawei suing the United States, intensification of the trade war in 2019.

From our perspective, US – China relations are not different than US hegemonic relations with other countries in terms of its containment policy. However, China is a unique case due to its own demographics; more than 1.4 billion people, including 350 to 450 million strong middle class, combined with its rapid urbanization, dynamic economy, advanced levels of industrialization and modernization, transformation of its gender relations,  new educational system under President Xi Jinping, and Chinese investments in Africa, Latin America, Middle East, South East Asia, Europe and the USA. China offers an example of one of the most important and large scale social, political and economic modernizations in human history. US and China relations between 1979 to 2008 have been somehow stable in comparison to other time periods, however, over the last few years, what we call the China Studies Industry has become more powerful inside the beltway and has dominated US- China relations. As a result, there have been new Trade Wars, US support for Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan, escalation of the conflict in the South China sea and many others that will follow.

This “New Cold War” will not benefit anyone, but drains the resources from both the US and Chinese education and healthcare system, diverting resources that would be put towards infrastructure projects, alleviating poverty, and so on. Furthermore, US economic problems are not related with China! Outsourcing American jobs from Ohio or Iowa are directly related with the neoliberal policies of the US administration since the Reagan policies begun in 1982. We should also remember what happened to the GM factory in Flint, Michigan. Using Taiwan or Honk Kong against China is not a friendly policy. On the other hand, China is not a perfect place, nor is the US. Both countries have significant obstacles and challenges. Both are currently facing similar issues with terrorism, creating jobs for their citizens, building infrastructure, updating educational system and enabling the diversity of their own citizens. Therefore, global governance and collaboration is very important to US-China Relations.

Our objective in organizing this small workshop is to bring scholars and policy makers together to discuss and exchange ideas in a scholarly environment at Shanghai University. We plan to publish conference proceedings in a scholarly journal or edited volume. This year, we will organize this workshop at Shanghai University and next year, we seek to organize a similar workshop in the USA in collaboration with US universities or think-tanks.

If you are working on US – China relations,
if you are a PhD candidate, professor or think-tank scholar,
if you would like to be a part of this workshop and network,
please send us the following:

Abstract (200 to 300 words)tugrulkeskin@t.shu.edu.cn
Your Institutional affiliation
Your Short Bio       

Deadline for submission: October 15, 2019
The Conference will take place on December 6, 2019.  

We invite submissions on the following and related topics:

China-US Cooperation in G20
China-US Cooperation in Global Trade
China-US Cooperation in Financial Globalization
China US Cooperation in Dealing with Global Climate Governance
China -US Cooperation in Anti-terrorism
China-US Cooperation in Development
China-US Cooperation in Cybersecurity
China-US Cooperation in Peacekeeping
China-US Relations in Technology and Innovation
SDG – Sustainable Development Goals (UN Development Goal)
History of China-US Relations (1949 to present)

There is no fee for this conference. please note that we will cover your accommodations for 3 nights and food during your stay in Shanghai.
We also have some funding for airfare.

Important dates
Submitting Proposals: October 15, 2019
Information about accepting the proposal: By October 20, 2019
Preliminary conference program: by October 24, 2019
Final conference program: November 1, 2019
Submitting Draft Version of Paper: November 20, 2019  
Submitting Papers for Publication: January 20, 2020

Any additional queries should be sent to:
·      Tugrul Keskin, Professor, Shanghai University, China. 
·      Guo Changgang, PhD, Professor and Director of Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University. 
·      Yang Chen, Assistant Professor, Shanghai University, China. 
·      ChenNing, PhD Student and Research Assistant, Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University, China .
·      David Perez-Des Rosiers, PhD Candidate and Research Assistant, Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University, China.
·      Andrew Alexander, Grdauate Student and Research Assistant, Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University, China.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


  希冀:成為塑造學生品格的“大先生” 辦好人民滿意的教育
  關懷:興國必先強師 讓教師成為讓人羡慕的職業

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Chinese Image in the Western Academia: Chinaphobia and Neo-orientalism in Chinese Studies in the US After the Cold War Era

Chinese Image in the Western Academia:
Chinaphobia and Neo-orientalism in Chinese Studies in the US After the Cold War Era

Tugrul Keskin
Professor and Director of Center for Global Governance
Shanghai University

ABSTRACT: Edward Said’s theory of Orientalism sparked the rise of a more critical understanding and discussion within the social sciences and humanities on how Orientalist scholarship has produced a false image rather than providing any academic objectivity in the fields of history, anthropology and political science. However, the old colonial mapping and containment of culture embedded within Middle East Studies has not been critically evaluated and updated to address modern realities in the years after Said’s work on Orientalism, not just in Middle East Studies, but also as it applies to African, Asian and Latin America Studies. This is due to the large scholarly industry of area studies, which has grown and benefitted from the plethora of state institutions that support and provide grants for academic careerism. According to Wallerstein, post-war language training was “the major justification for post-war U.S. government financing of area studies” Probably one of the best examples of this trend has been demonstrated within and through Turkish and Ottoman Studies in the US. On the other hand, area studies itself has an embedded colonial structure. However, over the last fifty years the colonial approach has started to change, influenced by facets of neoliberal globalization, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the emergence of modern China in the late 1980s. Instead of disappearing however, the old colonial model has been replaced with a new approach based on the neoliberal model of neo-orientalism and public scholarship. As a result, in the 1990s we started to see a more aggressive and hegemonic form of scholarship that uses a neoliberal understanding of human rights, academic freedom, religious freedom, democracy, and press freedom as tools in service to the neo-orientalist perspective. In the 1990s, modern China was emerging, while basic political concepts were reconfigured in Washington DC. These new economic and political realities have led to many important implications on academia, specifically for Chinese Studies in the US. In this article, I argue that the Neo-Orientalism perspective embedded in Western academia and also within the media and think-tanks, is a continuation of the cold war policy model.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

9 Reasons Why You Should Visit Shanghai at Least Once in Your Lifetime‼️

9 Reasons Why You Should Visit Shanghai at Least Once in Your Lifetime‼️
- Shanghai is full of beautiful CONTRASTS - One great thing about this city is that you can always go cheaper (and find a full meal for ¥10 / $1.45 and you can always go more expensive (and spend $735 per person for a 20-course dinner).
- There’s always something NEW in Shanghai - Old restaurants, shops, and buildings are constantly being overhauled for new and renovated models.
- Shanghai’s skyscrapers are record-breaking - Opened in 2016, the Shanghai Tower is officially the world’s second tallest building at 632 metres and boasts the world’s second fastest elevator, which travels at a staggering 20.5 metres per second.
- Shanghai’s nightlife is diverse - New York may be the city that never sleeps, but Shanghai gives it a run for its money.
- Shanghai’s architecture is trendy - Shanghai is home to a unique style of lane house called shikumen, which combines Western and Chinese elements.
- Shanghai’s history is fascinating. - Shanghai is a young city by Chinese standards. Up until the 1800s, it was little more than a fishing outpost.
- Shanghai has numerous surrounding water towns - These ancient areas built on canals offer a tranquil getaway from the fast-paced city centre.
- Shanghai is the perfect jumping off point to other Chinese destinations - Once you’ve had your fill of Shanghai, if that ever happens, it’s simple (and cheap!) to get out of town.
- You don’t have to learn Chinese to get by in Shanghai - Due to its history of multiculturalism and rising wealth, many Shanghainese speak enough English to ensure that your ni hao (‘hello’) and xie xie (‘thank you’) are all you need to get by.
Come to #ShanghaiUniversity, explore Shanghai on your own and never get disappointed! 🤩
#WhyShanghai #ShanghaiUni #Shanghai #WhatToDoInShanghai #StudyInShanghai #StudyInChina #StudyAbroad

Friday, August 2, 2019

Chinese Li-nian no less important than a theory By Jiang Shixue

Chinese Li-nian no less important than a theory 

By Jiang Shixue 

Shanghai University
China.org.cn, August 13, 2018   

There is only one world, but theories of international relations abound. Indeed, since the birth of the discipline of international studies after the First World War, many new theories have emerged.

While some Chinese scholars claim the book Feigong《非攻》(Against Offensive War)written by the philosopher Mozi (墨子, ca. 470 – ca. 391 BCE) should be considered the first in the world on international relations, it's a fact that the views of Western scholars have dominated contemporary theories on the subject. Important ideas such as realism, liberalism and constructivism, among many others, are not invented by Chinese scholars. 

In 1977, Stanley Hoffmann (1928~2015) wrote an essay arguing that theories of international relations are "an American social science." Many years later, Stephen M. Walt found no conclusive reason to doubt that international relations theories remained dominated by scholars from the Anglo-Saxon world (the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada). 

However, there was a caveat in his 2011 article: "That said, I do have this nagging doubt that maybe I've missed something or someone. So, nominations are now open: who are the most important writers on foreign affairs operating outside the Anglo-Saxon world?"

Differences between a theory and a li-nian

In the 1980s, an ambitious idea appeared in China, calling for domestic scholars to establish a Chinese school of international relations theories, or "theories with Chinese characteristics." Three or four decades have elapsed since then, however, without that dream coming true. 

It does not mean that Chinese scholars in the field of international relations are incompetent. Rather, a few of them have yet been able to win recognition by their counterparts around the world. 

Undoubtedly, theories of international relations are important and necessary. However, for the purpose of making contributions to world peace and development, or understanding the world in a better way, we need to remember that diplomatic li-nian (理念) is no less important than a theory.

There is no fixed translation for the word li-nian. It has meanings encompassing belief, idea, thinking, doctrine, philosophy, concept, principle, etc. 

Differences between a theory of international relations and a diplomatic li-nian are evident. On the one hand, while a theory is the outcome of long-term academic research by scholars, diplomatic li-nian is expressed by leaders of a particular country in their speeches or writings. On the other hand, a theory is often an abstract type of thinking and reasoning, not always closely related to the reality of the world situation. However, a diplomatic li-nian never fails to reflect the perception and judgment of political leaders about the world. Therefore, a country's foreign policies are influenced more by li-nian than theory.

Since 1949, Chinese leaders have put forward quite a few ideas in this regard. Some of them are outdated as the world situations and domestic conditions on which they were based have dramatically changed. For instance, Mao Zedong suggested the world's proletariat should (and would) unite to 'liberate humanity." When the Cultural Revolution (1966~1976) ended, this particular li-nian was dropped.

A community of shared future for humanity 

In recent years, to build a community of shared future for humanity has become China's most important diplomatic li-nian. It first appeared in the White Paper entitled "China's Peaceful Development" published by the Chinese government on September 6, 2011. 

At the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), in November 2012, the then Party chief Hu Jintao reaffirmed this in his report. 

In March 2013, President Xi Jinping embarked on his first overseas trip to Russia and Africa as China's paramount leader. In his speech delivered to a university in Moscow, he said he likened the world to a global village or a community of a shared future with deepening inter-dependence among nations. Since then, he has repeatedly mentioned this diplomatic li-nian on various occasions. 

At the 19th CPC National Congress in October 2017, this particular li-nian was written into the Party constitution; and, at the 13th National People's Congress session in March 2018, it was added to the national Constitution. As a result, it has become the will of the nation and the Party.

Apart from the community of a shared future for all humanity, President Xi has also proposed to construct such a community for Asia, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, China-Africa, China-Latin America, China-ASEAN, China-Arab, China-Cambodia, China-Pakistan, China-Belarus, China-Vietnam, China-Uzbekistan, China-Kazakhstan, China-Laos, and China and its neighbors. Moreover, he has also suggested a similar development in cyberspace.

From his various speeches, we can see that this is composed of five pillars: peace, security, economic prosperity, cultural harmony and a green environment. These objectives will not be realized shortly, but humanity should not stop cherishing this dream for the world.

In conclusion, although no Chinese school of international relations theories is born yet, diplomatic li-nian like building a community of a shared future for all humanity is much more important and helpful. And, this philosophy can also serve as a guiding principle for Chinese scholars to establish a Chinese school of international relations theories. 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

5th China and The Middle East and North Africa Conference: May 17 and 18, 2019 Shanghai University, CHINA

5th China and The Middle East and North Africa Conference:     

May 17 and 18, 2019  
Institute of Global Studies http://igs.shu.edu.cn/
Shanghai University 
People’s Republic of China   

Conference Program  
Place: Lehu Hotel, Baoshan Campus, Shanghai University, CHINA.  
Date: May 17 and 18, 2019  

Friday May 17, 2019

9:00 – 9:15 Introduction and Welcome Speech Guo Changgang, Professor and Director of Institute of Global Studies - Shanghai University, China.

9:15 - 9:30 Welcome Speech and Introduction Professor Yang Guang, President of Middle East Studies Association of China, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Shanghai University.

9:30 – 10:00 Keynote Speech Professor Juan Cole, University of Michigan

10:00 - 10:30

PANEL – 2: 
10:30 – 12:00
Chair: Sayed Mojtaba Mahdavi Ardekani, ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, Canada.
  1. Perceptions of China’s Soft Power in the United Arab Emirates: Preliminary Findings from a Cross-Sectional Study - Yuting Wang Associate Professor of Sociology Department of International Studies American University of Sharjah, UAE.
  2. Syrian Men’s Disability and their Masculine Trajectories in the Context of Displacement in Jordan and Turkey - Aitemad Muhanna-Matar, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
  3. China’s Projections in North Africa:  Can the Belt Road Serve as Way to Supplant Western Powers? -  Yahia H. ZOUBIR Professor, Kedge School of Business, France.  
  4. Does the Belt and Road Initiative Challenge the Current Global Order? Competing Perspectives from IR/IPE Theories - Xiao (Alvin) Yang   University of Kassel, Germany.

PANEL – 3: 
10:30 – 12:00
Chair: Tianqin Yan School of Foreign Languages & Centre for European Studies, Sichuan University, China. 
  1. Turkey and the Gulf: Addressing the Political-Economic Challenges of an Unstable Region - Lenore G. Martin, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Emmanuel College Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, USA.
  2. Gendered Activism: Female Religious Authority - Samaneh Oladi Ghadikolaei, Virginia Commonwealth University and University of California Santa Barbara, USA.
  3. Modern Middle East and China: The Case of Saudi Arabia - Rüdiger Lohlker, Professor Oriental Institute, University of Vienna, Austria.
  4. Belt and Road Initiative and China’s Expanding Ties With West Asia and North Africa and Their Ramifications - Manochehr Dorraj, Professor, Texas Christian University, USA.

12:00 – 13:30
PANEL – 4: 
13:30 – 15:00
Chair: Yang Chen, Shanghai University, China. 
  1. The Civilization Interaction in Umayyad Caliphate from the Perspective of the Hisham Palace - Zheng Min Middle East Research Institute, Northwest University, China. 
  2. The ‘Quandary of Made in China’: Palestinian Globalisation From Below Under Occupation - Oliver John Hayakawa, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. The University of Exeter. UK. 
  3. The Triple Pillar of Sino-Middle East Relations in the Age of Neoliberalism - Sayed Mojtaba Mahdavi Ardekani ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, Canada.
  4. Conflicting Approaches on Humanitarian Intervention: In Light of the Darfur Crisis - Samuel Aron, PhD Student, Shanghai University, China. 

PANEL - 5: 
13:30 – 15:00
Chair: Antonio Zapata, Shanghai University, China. 
  1. Trend of Turkish economic policy and the Sino- Turkish Economic Cooperation under the Presidential system - Wei Min Institute of West Asian and African Studies (IWAS) Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), China. 
  2. China’s ’Enmeshment’ and the Middle East – A Theoretical Approach - András BARTÓK, Assistant Lecturer, National University of Public Service, Hungary Faculty of International and European Studies Department of International Relations and Diplomacy, Hungary. 
  3. The Shia Clerical Establishment in Iran: Evolution or Demise? - Najm al-Din Yousefi, Associate Professor and Director of the Middle East Studies, California State University-Chico. USA.
  4. Whither Chinese-Iranian relations after the US withdrawal from the JCPOA? - Erzsébet NAGYNÉ RÓZSA, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary.

15:00 – 15-30
PANEL - 6: 
15:30 – 17:00
Chair: Wei Min Institute of West Asian and African Studies (IWAS) Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), China.
  1. Women in the Turkish Politics from Past to Present - Ömer Turan, Professor, Middle East Technical University, Turkey.
  2. An Analysis of China’s Middle East Smart Power Strategy - Hasan ALTIN PhD Student, Shanghai University, China. 
  3. Deepening Collaboration Between Saudi Arabia and China - Dongmei Chen and Wenke Han, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center1, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission, Saudi Arabia. 
  4. The Role of Infrastructure in the Middle East Economic Development and the Prospects of “One Belt One Road - Jiang Yingmei Associate Professor, Institute of West Asian and African Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China.

PANEL - 7: 
15:30 – 17:00
Chair: Najm al-Din Yousefi, Associate Professor and Director of the Middle East Studies, California State University-Chico. USA.
  1. Documenting the Masses; Inlcusion and Ommission in The Ottoman Archive - Reem Meshal Associate Professor Middle East Studies Department Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar.
  2. The Imperial Archives and Repressive Histories in Bahrain: Challenging the Arcane - Marc Owen Jones, Assistant Professor Middle East Studies Department Hamad bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar.
  3. A Living Archive? Reflections on an Oral History Project with Palestinian Bedouin Women in the Naqab - Sophie Richter-Devroe, Associate Professor Middle East Studies Department Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar.
  4. China’s Relations With Lebanon and Syria:  A Comparative Analysis - David Perez-Des Rosiers, PhD Candidate in Global Studies, Shanghai University, China.

18:00 – 20:00
Saturday May 18, 2019

PANEL – 8: 
9:00 – 10:30
Chair: Nikos Christofis, Associate Professor, Center for Turkish Studies and School of History and Civilization Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China.
  1. Challenges and potential solutions: Should Saudi Arabia move towards energy cooperation with Israel and Egypt? - Samuel Willner, Fellow, The Ezri Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies PhD Student, Dept of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, The University of Haifa, Israel.  
  2. Turkish Foreign Policy and the Middle East; Opportunities and Challenges of Turkey in the Spiral of Power, Interests and Values - Cengiz Mert Bulut, PhD Student, Shanghai University, China.
  3. Israel’s Challenge of Stability in the Context of BRI's East Mediterranean Policies - Selim Han Yeniacun, PhD Candidate, Global Studies, Shanghai University, China. 
  4. Iron Horses on Kemet and Heitudi—A Comparative Study of Two Railways in China and Egypt - Xiaoyue Li Ph.D Candidate, University of Michigan, USA.
  5. China as Peaceful Meditator in MENA Countries: More than just a Responsible Player? - Jayshree Borah, PhD Candidate, Shanghai International Studies University, China. 

PANEL - 9: 
9:00 – 10:30
Chair: Rajiv Ranjan, Shanghai University, China. 
  1. Turkey’s Role in Eurasia under the Context of Belt and Road Initiative from the Perspective of Geopolitics - Tianqin Yan, School of Foreign Languages & Centre for European Studies, Sichuan University, China.  
  2. Evolving Energy Geopolitics and East Asian LNG Trade with Qatar as a Driver of Integration - Steven M. Wright, Associate Professor and Associate Dean College of Humanities and Social Sciences Hamad bin Khalifa University Doha – Qatar.
  3. China’s Involvement in the Syrian Crisis - Abdurrahim Sagir, Graduate Student, Shanghai University, China. 
  4. Chinese Provinces as Foreign Policy Actors in the Middle East - Jialong Yang, PhD candidate, University of Macao, Macao SAR, China.
  5. Sino-Persian Connections, 1905-1959: A View from the Chinese Press - William A Figueroa, PhD Candidate in History and Graduate Student Researcher Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania USA. (Skype Presentation)
10:30 - 10:45
PANEL - 10: 
10:45 – 12:15
Chair: Manochehr Dorraj, Professor, Texas Christian University, USA.
  1. Displacement of global power balance: The China – USA – Iran triangle as a test case - Lars Erslev Andersen, Senior researcher at Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Denmark.
  2. Failed Strategy and its Consequences.  The Legacy of Barack Obama’s Presidency in the Middle East - Magdalena Lewicka and Michal Dahl, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland.
  3. Three waves of Turkish Jewish Imigrated to Israel in the 20th Century - Liu Yaping Postgraduate student of Institute of Middle Eastern Studies of Northwest University, China.
  4. Retesting Philip Kuhn: A Comparative Analysis on Chinese and Islamic Modern Political Thought Pioneers with the case study of Liang Qichao and Sayyid Qutb - Jiade Xiao, University of Denver, USA. 

PANEL - 11: 
10:45 – 12:15
Chair: Ömer Turan, Professor, Middle East Technical University, Turkey.
  1. The Cyprus Question and the AKP Government, 2002-2018 - Nikos Christofis, Associate Professor, Center for Turkish Studies and School of History and Civilization Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China.
  2. Environmental Justice in Turkey: Conflicts and Responses - Dobroslawa Wiktor-Mach Center for Advanced Studies of Population and Religion (CASPAR) at the University of Economics in Cracow, Poland.
  3. The Question of Identity Construction: an Attempt to Comprehend the Concept of Kurdishness - Seevan Saeed, Associate Professor in Middle East Politics School of History and Civilisation Shaanxi Normal University- Xian, China.
  4. Nationalism and Nation-State, The Effects of Micro-Nationalism on Nation-States in the 21st Century – Serdar Yurtcicek, Zhejiang University, China.

12:15 – 13:30

PANEL – 12: 
13:30 – 15:00
Chair: Lars Erslev Andersen, Senior researcher at Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Denmark.
  1. The Dubai Silk Road Strategy: China’s Evolving Role in the UAE’s Development Trajectory - Robert Clyde Mogielnicki DPhil, Magdalen College, University of Oxford Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, USA.  
  2. China and the reconstruction of Syria - Guy Burton, Vesalius College, Brussels; Nicholas Lyall, Centre for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan, Amman; Logan Pauley, Center for Advanced Defense Studies, Washington DC, USA. 
  3. Beijing—MENA Relations and the Israeli-Palestinian Question: When Is Enough, Insufficient? - Ian Nelson Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Transnational History and Politics, School of International Studies, The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China.
  4. China’s Energy Security Policy: From Malacca Dilemma to BRI - Sajjad Talebi PhD Candidate at Fudan University, China. 

PANEL - 13: 
13:30 – 15:00
Chair: Yahia H. ZOUBIR Professor, Kedge School of Business, France.  
  1. Defining the Enemy: China in the Arabic Literature and Videos of Sunni Jihadists - Nico Prucha, University of Vienna, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Austria.  
  2. The Belt and Road Initiative and West Asia: Significance of Turkey-Iran Alliance - Beste Gul Oneren, Tsinghua University, China. 
  3. The Changing of Conflict Nature in The Middle East: The New Security Empires - Hend Elmahly PhD candidate, Shanghai International Studies University, China. 
  4. A Geopolitical-Economic Perspective into the BRICS’ Rise in Africa - Efe Can Gürcan, International Studies and Sociology Simon Fraser University, Canada.

COFFEE BREAK – 15:00 – 15-30
PANEL - 14: 
15:30 – 17:00
Chair: Rüdiger Lohlker, Professor Oriental Institute, University of Vienna, Austria.
  1. The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Implications and Opportunities for the Middle East, Highlighting the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Case - CABA MARIA Flavius Ieronim, The National University of Political Science and Public Administration (NUPSPA), Bucharest, Romania.
  2. A Question of Class? Algeria, India, and Beijing’s Visions of the Third World, 1953-1963 - Anton Harder Teaching Associate in Modern Chinese History at the University of Nottingham, UK.
  3. The Changing Relationship Between China and Russia in the Middle East - Andrea Ghiselli, Fudan University, China.
  4. Socio-Political Dispositions of Syrian Arab and Kurd Refugees Towards the Resettlement Places in Turkey: A Comparative Ethnographic Research - Baris Oktem, PhD Candidate, Exeter University, UK. (Skype Presentation)

PANEL - 15: 
15:30 – 17:00
Chair: Marc Owen Jones, Assistant Professor Middle East Studies Department Hamad bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar.
  1. The Arab-Israeli Conflict among the UNSC and the Uniting for Peace of the UNGA - BASSEM KHALED ABDELSALAM ELMAGHRABY Political Science Lecturer Assistant, Suez Canal University, Egypt; and Ph.D. candidate at Jilin University, China.
  2. Discursive Institutional Analysis of Hamas: Evolutionary Path from 1996 to 2017 - Shiyu Liu PhD Candidate, University of Warwick (UK).
  3. Importance of Youth, Entrepreneurship and Innovation on the Road and Belt Initiative - Dogukan Tapu, Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, China.
  4. Dominator or Organizer: The Management and Manipulation of the Islamic Marketplace - Chuchu Zhang, Associate Professor, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, China.