INAF-457 China and the Middle East
Spring for 2017-2018
Abboud, Farid
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the most significant aspects of China’s relations with the Middle East since the founding of the People's Republic. In view of the multiple dimensions of China's interaction with the Arab and non-Arab countries, in the area, this course will be divided in three parts: in sessions 1 and 2, we will examine the ideological and historical background of China’s foreign policy towards the Middle East; in sessions 3-4, we will review China’s Sino-Arab relations in different time periods since1949; in sessions 5-14, we will focus on China’s positions regarding specific issues/countries, such as Palestine, Israel, the “Arab Spring”, North Africa, Syria, Iraq, the Gulf States, Iran and Turkey. In the last session, we will conclude with a discussion on the future of Chinese relations in the area and their impact on the world order.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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