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Middle East Policy

Volume XXXI, Issue 1
Spring 2024

This publication, the 159th in the journal’s history covers a range of topics on the implications of Sino-American competition in the region. This special issue is sponsored by the ChinaMed Project of theTOChina Hub, the HH Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-SabahProgramme at Durham University, and the Middle East Policy Council.

SYMPOSIUM – Information and War: A Case Study in Gaza
The following is an edited transcript of the 115th in a series of Capitol Hill conferences convened by the Middle East Policy Council. The event took place on January 25, 2024, in the ...

The Persian Gulf and the US-China Rivalry

The Persian Gulf’s Transition From American Unipolarity
Although East Asia remains the center of the US-China rivalry, other regions are emerging to play key roles. After years of somewhat peaceful coexistence and even a degree of cooperation between Washington ...
The Evolution of the Gulf: History and Theories Of a Complex Subregional System
This article explores the relationship between international-relations theories and Cold War and post-Cold War historical dynamics in the Middle East, in particular the Gulf. It first identifies the theoretical approaches that have ...
The Role of the Gulf in the Longue Durée Of China’s Foreign Policy
This article examines the evolution of China's policy toward the Persian Gulf, linking its contemporary strategies to its historical principles of diplomacy, particularly those rooted in Maoism. It first outlines a conceptual ...
The Past, Present, and Future of Gulf Sovereign Wealth Fund Investments in China
This article explores sovereign wealth fund investments by Gulf Cooperation Council member states in China's equity market. Using data from Chinese stock exchanges, we analyze patterns of shareholding over two decades, across ...
UAE’s Balancing Strategy Between the United States and China
With its thriving economy, well-crafted policies, diverse and lively multicultural society, and advanced infrastructure, the United Arab Emirates plays a significant role in the Middle East. It has become strategically and economically ...
Iraq’s Struggle to Contend With the Sino-US Rivalry
This article analyzes Iraq's response to evolving US-China relations, focusing on its foreign-policy objectives of ending isolation, strengthening security, and fostering economic growth. Iraq seeks American support to attain these goals, aspiring ...
Iran’s Strategies in Response To Changes in US-China Relations
The dynamics of the relationship between the United States and China have been shifting. This has prompted changes in strategic calculus and policy adoption by the friends and foes of each side. ...
Between the Superpowers: Gulf States and Israel Navigate the New Mideast Dynamics
China has become increasingly active in the Middle East over the past decade, both economically and politically. Its strategy aims to expand its reach and influence, while warily avoiding the region's chronic ...
Shifting Sands: US Gulf Policy Recalibrates As China’s Regional Ambitions Grow
Since Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in the 1990s, the United States has played the role of security guarantor in the Gulf, and despite prevailing concerns of American retrenchment, it retains a strong ...

Book Reviews

Lives Between the Lines: A Journey in Search of the Lost Levant
Book Author: Michael Vatikiotis Reviewer: Patrick N. Theros Reviewer Title: Former US ambassador to Qatar; member of the […]
The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People. We Are Not One: A History of America’s Fight Over Israel By Eric Alterman
Book Author: Walter Russell Mead Reviewer: Michael Rubner Reviewer Title: Professor emeritus, James Madison College, Michigan State University. […]
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