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At a time when China’s global footprint is getting deeper and deeper, it has never been more important to understand its foreign policy. The Middle East is one of the world’s most consequential regions: home to major religions, diverse cultural and social heritage, central to global energy markets, and of course, geopolitics, linking people and markets in Asia, Africa and Europe. The podcast will feature conversations with academics, government leaders, and the policy community to provide insights into how China’s evolving role in the Middle East affects intra-regional development, trade, security, and diplomacy.

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Season 1

Season 1 focuses on specific issues or countries, covering topics such as Chinese port and industrial park investments, China’s soft power initiatives in the region, among others. Subscribe to China-MENA Podcast on your favorite podcast platform to stay up-to-date with upcoming episodes, and do not forget to rate us and leave us a review.

Our pilot episode marks the launch of the China-MENA podcast, a monthly program that goes beyond the headlines to provide a deeper look at engagement between China and countries in the Middle East – North Africa and give our listeners a better understanding of an important emerging geopolitical shift. Listen here!

Episode 1: Sino-Iranian relations

Professor Anoushrivan Ehteshami joins us to discuss China and Iran relations and the state of the bilateral relationship, including the comprehensive strategic partnership the two countries finalized last spring, the possibility of Iranian membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and China’s role in the JCPOA. Listen here!

Episode 2: Chinese community building in the Middle East: Chinese in Dubai

Dr. Yuting Wang joins us to discuss Chinese Community Building in the Middle East, and how increased migration in recent decades has aided in the development of China-Gulf ties, with the UAE being one of the nations with a significant Chinese population. Dr. Wang will also explore the influence of Chinese communities in the UAE, and the social relationships between Chinese and locals. Listen here!

Episode 3: Chinese Soft Power Projection in MENA

In this episode, we are joined by Shaojin Chai, a professor of international relations at the University of Sharjah to discuss China’s cultural, educational, and religious outreach to the Middle East. Dr. Chai specializes in International Studies, Modern Chinese History, and Political Science. Listen here!

Episode 4: Chinese Multilateralism in MENA

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Dawn Murphy to discuss China’s multilateral approaches and outreach to countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Dr. Murphy is an Associate Professor of International Security Studies with the Department of International Security Studies at the U.S. Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Listen here!

Episode 5: Chinese Tech in North Africa

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Tin Hinane El Kadi to discuss Chinese Tech in North Africa, China’s attempt to dominate the digital space in North Africa via tech giants such as Huawei and Alibaba, and the Digital Silk Road.  Dr. El Kadi is co-founder and co-director at the Institute for Social Science Research on Algeria (ISSRA) and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House.  Listen here!

Episode 6: China-GCC Relations

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Mohammed Al-Sudairi to discuss China-GCC Relations in terms of people, culture and businesses, the political view of the GCC towards China,  how the US-China competition narrative is received by GCC countries,  and how people from the Gulf see China.  Dr. Mohammed Al-Sudairi is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Asian Studies Program at King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) located in Saudi Arabia.  Listen here!

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