The Red Star and the Crescent: China and the Middle East

To cite this publication: "The Red Star and the Crescent: China and the Middle East," CIRS Summary Report no. 21 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2017).

The Red Star and the Crescent (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2018) provides an in-depth and multi-disciplinary analysis of the evolving relationship between China and the Middle East. Despite its increasing importance, very few studies have examined this dynamic, deepening, and multi-faceted nexus. James Reardon-Anderson has sought to fill this critical gap. The volume examines the ‘big picture’ of international relations, then zooms in on case studies and probes the underlying domestic factors on each side. Reardon-Anderson tackles topics as diverse as China’s security strategy in the Middle East, its military relations with the states of the region, its role in the Iran nuclear negotiations, the Uyghur question, and the significance and consequences of the Silk Road strategy.

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"النجمة الحمراء والهلال: الصين و الشرق الأوسط"، تقرير مركـز الدراسـات الدوليـة والإقليميـة العربي الموجز رقم ٢١ (الدوحة، قطر: مركـز الدراسـات الدوليـة والإقليميـة، ٢٠١٩).

نظرت‭ ‬كثير‭ ‬من‭ ‬البحوث‭ ‬الحالية‭ ‬إلى‭ ‬الارتباطات‭ ‬الصينية‭ ‬بالشرق‭ ‬الأوسط‭ ‬من‭ ‬خلال‭ ‬عدسة‭ ‬الأمن،‭ ‬مع‭ ‬إيلاء‭ ‬اهتمام‭ ‬خاص‭ ‬لآثار‭ ‬التفاعلات‭ ‬الصينية‭ ‬وانعكاساتها‭ ‬على‭ ‬الولايات‭ ‬المتحدة‭ ‬وحلفائها‭. ‬ومع‭ ‬ذلك،‭ ‬يجب‭ ‬النظر‭ ‬إلى‭ ‬علاقة‭ ‬الصين‭ ‬المتطورة‭ ‬في‭ ‬المنطقة‭ ‬بشكل‭ ‬رئيسي‭ ‬على‭ ‬أنها‭ ‬نتيجة‭ ‬لمصالحها‭ ‬الخاصة‭ ‬في‭ ‬تأمين‭ ‬احتياجاتها‭ ‬من‭ ‬الطاقة‭ ‬وتطوير‭ ‬أسواق‭ ‬التصدير،‭ ‬فضلاً‭ ‬عن‭ ‬كونها‭ ‬أصبحت‭ ‬قوة‭ ‬عالمية‭ ‬كبيرة‭ ‬لا‭ ‬يمكنها‭ ‬تحمل‭ ‬الانفصال‭ ‬عن‭ ‬الأحداث‭ ‬في‭ ‬العالم‭ ‬العربي‭. ‬وأطلق‭ ‬مركز‭ ‬الدراسات‭ ‬الدولية‭ ‬والإقليمية‭ ‬مبادرة‭ ‬بحثية‭ ‬حول‭ ‬“الصين‭ ‬والشرق‭ ‬الأوسط”‭ ‬لدراسة‭ ‬العلاقة‭ ‬بين‭ ‬الطرفين،‭ ‬ليس‭ ‬فقط‭ ‬من‭ ‬خلال‭ ‬عدسات‭ ‬الأمن‭ ‬الدولي‭ ‬والطاقة‭ ‬والاقتصاد‭ ‬والاستثمارات،‭ ‬لكن‭ ‬مع‭ ‬الأخذ‭ ‬في‭ ‬الاعتبار‭ ‬أيضاً‭ ‬تفاعلات‭ ‬الصين‭ ‬الأوسع‭ ‬مع‭ ‬المنطقة‭ ‬في‭ ‬المجالات‭ ‬الاجتماعية‭ ‬والثقافية‭.‬

Critical Issues in Healthcare Policy and Politics in the GCC

To cite this publication: "Critical Issues in Healthcare Policy and Politics in the GCC," CIRS Summary Report no. 20 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2017).

The situation of the healthcare systems in the Gulf has become multi-tiered, primarily due to the lack of systematic population health need assessments, including short-term health solutions for low-skilled workers. Even though the Gulf region has attained significant social and economic achievements in a short span of time, healthcare policies are still centered more on curative health and not enough emphasis has been placed on protective and preventive measures. There is a lack of medical educational institutions in the Gulf, and the role of the private sector is in need of further study as there is no explanation as to why patients are shifting from public to private healthcare institutions.

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"إشكاليات سياسات الرعاية الصحية في دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي"، تقرير مركـز الدراسـات الدوليـة والإقليميـة العربي الموجز رقم ٢٠ (الدوحة، قطر: مركـز الدراسـات الدوليـة والإقليميـة، ٢٠١٩).

بات وضع أنظمة الرعاية الصحية في الخليج متعدد المستويات، ويرجع ذلك أساساً إلى عدم وجود تقييمات منتظمة للاحتياجات الصحية للسكان، بما في ذلك الحلول الصحية قصيرة الأمد، الخاصة بالعمال ذوي المهارات المتدنية. لقد حققت منطقة الخليج منجزات اجتماعية واقتصادية كبيرة في فترة قصيرة من الزمن، إلا أن سياسات الرعاية الصحية ما زالت تركز أكثر على الصحة العلاجية، من دون تركيز كاف على الصحة الحمائية والتدابير الوقائية. و يوجد هنالك نقص في المؤسسات التعليمية الطبية في الخليج، كما أن دور القطاع الخاص يستلزم المزيد من الدراسة حيث أنه لا يوجد ما يفسّر توجه المرضى نحو مؤسسات القطاع الخاص بدلاً من مؤسسات الرعاية الصحية العامة.

Society in the Persian Gulf: Before and After Oil

To cite this publication: Lawrence G. Potter, "Society in the Persian Gulf: Before and After Oil," CIRS Occasional Paper no. 18 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2017).

This essay takes as its focus society in the Persian Gulf over the long term, both before and after oil. In order to understand the transitions society has gone through, it is necessary to review the region’s historical evolution and how society in the Gulf today differs from that of the pre-oil era. The Gulf is presented as a distinct historical region, where a tradition of free movement helped account for the success of its port cities, themselves linked more to the Indian Ocean basin than the Middle East. In the twentieth century, the historic ties that connected the people of the Gulf littoral were curtailed as nationalism became the dominant ideology, and borders and passports were imposed. After oil was discovered and exports began following World War II, the small Gulf shaikhdoms, most of which were under British protection until 1971, experienced a surge in revenues that ushered in the modern era. Newly independent states sought to impose a new identity, manipulate history, and exploit sectarian cleavages to solidify the power of ruling dynasties. The historic cosmopolitanism of the Gulf was ignored by states that privileged the tribal, Bedouin heritage of their leaders. Arabs and Persians, both Sunni and Shi‘a, as well as many other groups have lived with each other in the region for many centuries, during which mutual differences occasionally led to conflict. But the current mistrust, tension, and sense of vulnerability felt by all sides is a product of the modern age.

The Changing Security Dynamics of the Persian Gulf

To cite this publication: "The Changing Security Dynamics of the Persian Gulf," CIRS Summary Report no. 19 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2017).

Academic interest in Gulf security has continued to focus on traditional notions of zero-sum security threats emanating from Iran or Iraq, or the role of the United States. There has been limited exploration of the deeper, structural issues that threaten the region. In line with this, in the 2014-2015 academic year, CIRS launched a research initiative on “The Changing Security Dynamics of the Persian Gulf.” The purpose of this project is to scrutinize the ways in which domestic security threats in the region are evolving, and how newer challenges related to human security are being reinforced by—and in some ways actually replacing—military threats emanating from regional and outside actors. This project brings together a number of distinguished scholars to examine a variety of relevant topics, which resulted in original research chapters published in an edited volume titled, The Changing Security Dynamics of the Persian Gulf (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2017), edited by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen.

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"ديناميكيات الأمن المتغيرة في الخليج"، تقرير مركـز الدراسـات الدوليـة والإقليميـة العربي الموجز رقم ١٩ (الدوحة، قطر: مركـز الدراسـات الدوليـة والإقليميـة، ٢٠١٨).

أدى التقارب بين أولويات النخب السياسية المحلية وأهداف السياسة الأمريكية إلى إهمال التهديدات الأمنية الناتجة عن الاقتصادات السياسية لدول مجلس التعاون الخليجي. وبدلاً من ذلك، كانت هناك افتراضات مبالغ فيها حول طموحات إيران المهيمنة ونواياها الخبيثة باستخدام السكان الشيعة المحليين كطابورها الخامس. وبعبارات بسيطة، فإن الترتيبات الأمنية الحالية في الخليج تعالج جزئياً التهديدات الأمنية، وهي التهديدات المتصورة التي تنبعث من إيران والعراق باتجاه المملكة العربية السعودية ودول مجلس التعاون الخليجي الأصغر، وتتجاهل التحديات البنيوية الأعمق كون جذورها كامنة في الاقتصادات السياسية الإقليمية.

Troubled Waters: Insecurity in the Persian Gulf

To cite this publication: Mehran KamravaTroubled Waters: Insecurity in the Persian Gulf (Cornell University Press, 2018).

Troubled Waters looks at four dynamics in the Persian Gulf that have contributed to making the region one of the most volatile and tension-filled spots in the world. Mehran Kamrava identifies the four dynamics as: the neglect of human dimensions of security; the inherent instability involved in reliance on the United States and the exclusion of Iraq and Iran; the international and security policies pursued by inside and outside actors; and a suite of overlapping security dilemmas. These four factors combine and interact to generate long-term volatility and ongoing tensions within the Persian Gulf. Through insights from Kamrava’s interviews with Gulf elites into policy decisions, the consequences of security dilemmas, the priorities of local players, and the neglect of identity and religion, Troubled Waters examines the root causes of conflicts and crises that are currently unfolding in the region. As Kamrava demonstrates, each state in the region, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Qatar, has embarked on vigorous security-producing efforts as part of foreign policy, flooding the area with more munitions—thereby increasing insecurity and causing more mistrust in a part of the world that needs no more tension. Read more at Cornell University Press.

Social Currents in North Africa: Culture and Governance after the Arab Spring

To cite this publication: Osama Abi-Mershed, ed., Social Currents in North Africa: Culture and Governance after the Arab Spring (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018).

Social Currents in North Africa is a multi-disciplinary analysis of the social phenomena unfolding in the Maghreb today. The contributors analyse the genealogies of contemporary North African behavioral and ideological norms, and offer insights into post-Arab Spring governance and today’s social and political trends. The book situates regional developments within broader international currents, without forgoing the distinct features of each socio-historical context. With its common historical, cultural, and socio-economic foundations, the Maghreb is a cohesive area of study that allows for greater understanding of domestic developments from both single-country and comparative perspectives.  This volume refines the geo-historical unity of the Maghreb by accounting for social connections, both within the nation-state and across political boundaries and historical eras. It illustrates that non-institutional phenomena are equally formative to the ongoing project of post-colonial sovereignty, to social construction and deployments of state power, and to local outlooks on social equity, economic prospects, and cultural identity. Read more at Oxford University Press.

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The Red Star and the Crescent: China and the Middle East

To cite this publication: James Reardon-Anderson, ed.,The Red Star and the Crescent: China and the Middle East (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018). 

The Red Star and the Crescent provides an in-depth and multi-disciplinary analysis of the evolving relationship between China and the Middle East. Despite its increasing importance, very few studies have examined this dynamic, deepening, and multi-faceted nexus. James Reardon-Anderson has sought to fill this critical gap. The volume examines the ‘big picture’ of international relations, then zooms in on case studies and probes the underlying domestic factors on each side. Reardon-Anderson tackles topics as diverse as China’s security strategy in the Middle East, its military relations with the states of the region, its role in the Iran nuclear negotiations, the Uyghur question, and the significance and consequences of the Silk Road strategy. Read more at Oxford University Press.

Read about the research initiative