Can China Be Incorporated into Middle East Stabilization By Supporting Regional Connectivity?


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In cooperation with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Asia Pacific Institute (API)

When: Dec 7 2016 - 12:00pm until Dec 7 2016 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036

Can China Be Incorporated into Middle East Stabilization By Supporting Regional Connectivity?

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Nissim Reuben (Keynote Speaker)
Assistant Director,
AJC's Asia Pacific Institute, Washington, DC

Yoram Evron
Visiting Fellow,
East-West Center in Washington

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AJC Visiting Fellow Yoram Evron describes infrastructure projects China has a stake in in the Middle East.

Despite repeated U.S. efforts, so far Washington has failed to convince China to share the burden of stabilizing the Middle East (ME). China’s approach to the region remains so far unchanged: a refusal to invest substantial political resources or take considerable risks in shaping regional developments. One possible way to harness China to regional stabilization efforts is by encouraging a role that is both beneficial to its ME interest and does not require significant political investment, while concomitantly promoting Middle East stability. Such a role could be the establishment and operation of a railroad connection between Israel and Jordan (the Israel-Gulf Economic Corridor): it fits well into China’s existing activity in the region while making it directly interested in continuing collaboration between Israel and its neighbors. Concurrently, China’s capabilities and position provide it with bigger advantages than any other world power in the realization of such a plan.

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Yoram Evron is an AJC Asia Pacific Institute Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington and a Lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Haifa. His research focuses on China’s military procurement, China arms embargo, China’s involvement in the Middle East, China-US-Israel relations. His articles have been published in journals such as Journal of Strategic Studies, Asian Survey, The Pacific Review, Journal of East Asian Studies, International Relations. His recent book is China's Military Procurement in the Reform Era: The Setting of New Directions (Routledge, 2016).

Nissim Reuben Nissim B. Reuben, a member of India’s small but vibrant Jewish community, is the Assistant Director of AJC's Asia Pacific Institute (API) and works on building relationships between the U.S., Israel, and Asian countries and between the Jewish and Asian American diaspora communities in the United States. Nissim started working for AJC in 2014 as the in-house India expert, with vast experience working with Indian diplomats, policy experts, congressional staffers and leaders from the Indian-American community. Nissim is based in Washington, DC, and drawing on his unique personal background of being both Indian/Asian and Jewish, and coupled with his professional commitment and personal passion, organizes unique programs in the DC area and around the country with AJC regional offices. He primarily focuses on networking Indian/Asian and Jewish American leaders, activists and students in the arenas of Capitol Hill, commerce, culture and campuses.

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