The China-MENA Podcast

The China-MENA Podcast

The China-MENA podcast, created by the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, highlights the growing role that China is playing in the Middle East. It features conversations with academics, government leaders, and the policy community.

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The China-MENA Podcast
  • China's Role and Impact on MENA's Air Domain

    n this episode, host Jonathan Fulton discusses China's influence on the air domain in the Middle East and North Africa with guests Assaf Heller and Sarah-Masha Fainberg. They explore Chinese technology transfers and arm exports and implications on the air domain and military capabilities in MENA,...

  • China and the Israel-Hamas War: A View from Tel Aviv

    CHINA AND THE ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR: A VIEW FROM TEL AVIV - In this episode of China-Mena titled "China and the Israel-Hamas War: A View from Tel Aviv," host Jonathan Fulton and guest Dr. Gedaliah Afterman engage in a compelling discussion on the intricate dynamics between China, Israel, and the ongoi...

  • 10 Years On: China’s Belt & Road initiative and its future in the Middle East

    10 YEARS ON: CHINA’S BELT & ROAD INITIATIVE AND ITS FUTURE IN THE MIDDLE EAST - In this episode, our host Jonathan Fulton is joined by esteemed guests David O. Shullman and Yun Sun to delve into the current state of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its implications for the Mid...

  • The Gulf's New De-Escalation Foreign Policy Among World Powers

    THE GULF'S NEW DE-ESCALATION FOREIGN POLICY AMONG WORLD POWERS - In this episode, our host Jonathan Fulton is joined by esteemed guest Mohammed Baharoon to discuss the shifting dynamics of Gulf countries’ foreign policies– which see the world order based on interconnectedness, not polarity.

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  • China’s Role in Conflict Mediation in the Middle East

    In this episode, we embark on a thought-provoking journey into China's involvement in conflict resolution within the region. Your host, Jonathan Fulton, is joined by the insightful voices of Helena Legarda and Dr. Sanam Vakil. Together, they dissect China's strategic approach to mediating conflic...

  • China’s Blueprint for the New World Order

    GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AND GLOBAL SECURITY INITIATIVES: CHINA’S BLUEPRINT FOR THE NEW WORLD ORDER - In this episode, we are joined by Tuvia Gering, nonresident fellow, Global China Hub, Atlantic Council and a researcher at the Diane & Guilford Glazer Foundation Israel-China Policy Center at the Insti...

  • US Perceptions of China's Middle East Presence

    Amid a perceived US retrenchment from the Middle East, China has been making greater inroads in the region, most recently by brokering the Saudi-Iranian peace deal. The deal added not only a win for China, but also another layer of complexity to an already intricate regional landscape. China's ex...

  • Sino-Iranian Relations

    China has been extending its footprint in the Middle East through the BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) during the last decade, affecting the region's economy, politics, and even security. Despite the fact that China imports oil from Saudi Arabia, Iran has gained China's attention due to its strateg...

  • Chinese Community Building in the Middle East: Chinese in Dubai

    Chinese migration to the Middle East is one of the most important aspects of China's presence in the area. 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. In this episode, we are jo...

  • Chinese Soft Power Projection in MENA

    China's objective in recent years has been to establish a firm foothold in the Gulf region, as the country is highly reliant on Middle Eastern oil to fuel its economic growth. The Belt and Road Initiative, their new approach, is paving the road for them to attain their goal. Similarly, China has ...

  • Chinese Multilateralism in the Middle East

    China has been establishing itself as an economic player in the MENA region, not engaging in any complicated political issues. However, in recent years, China has been increasingly involved in political affairs. They have been engaging with the Arab states as well as the North African Countries.
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  • Chinese Tech in North Africa

    China has been expanding its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) around the world, while also working on a new version of BRI that utilizes the digital space. The initiative was dubbed the Digital Silk Road Initiative, or DSRI, which is already in motion across the Middle East and North Africa, partic...

  • China-GCC Relations

    The increasing engagement of Iran towards China is nothing but a significant issue in the Gulf region. Yet, despite this, GCC countries have been cooperating with China in areas such as trade, investments, politics, and even culture.

    In this episode, we are joined by Mohammed Al-Sudairi, a Senio...

  • Managing US-China Competition: The View from Singapore

    In a speech on May 26, 2022, Secretary of State Antony Blinken outlined the Biden administration's policy toward China, which he characterized as the only nation with the will to alter the international order while relying on an increasing amount of economic, diplomatic, military, and technologic...

  • China in MENA: An EU Perspective

    Several nations with interests in the Middle East are now reevaluating their strategies in light of China's rise as a key player in the region.

    Governments and businesses in the MENA region did not have to think much about China until recently, and the last ten years have seen a significant chan...

  • Arab Barometer and perceptions of China in MENA

    Ordinary citizens and residents across MENA tend to have different perspectives on China's image in the region. Some are positive, while others are negative, and the general public's perception is often different than that of the elites. To attempt to capture such varying perspectives, we discuss...

  • China-Israel Relations

    The fact that Middle Eastern countries' relationships with China are complicated has been a recurring theme throughout this show. Nothing is as simple as the headlines would have us believe. The Sino-Israeli relationship is particularly complex. Dense economic ties must be balanced against Israel...

  • China-Global South Relations

    China has made significant inroads into much of the global south, a trend that does not always receive adequate attention in the West. China’s image in those countries has deteriorated in recent years, and there appears to be an assumption that this is universal. However, polling data from Africa...

  • China's Vision for a New World Order

    China's rise to power has led to discussions about whether the country will support or try to change the current international system. China has both supported and been dissatisfied with certain aspects of the system, demonstrating a preference for a Chinese-led global order via the Belt and Road...

  • The Middle East in the US-India-China Strategic Triangle

    The United States and China are frequently brought up when discussing other regional powers in the Middle East; however, India also plays a role in the geopolitical dynamics within the region. With its long-standing linkages in economics, culture, and religion, India has long had a significant pr...