The Syrian civil war shows few signs of ending and concerted efforts to counter the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have produced modest results. Civil and proxy wars have destabilized Libya and Yemen, and Egypt is experiencing a domestic insurgency. Instability in the Middle East remains widespread, but China continues to deepen its ties in the region. In January 2016, Xi Jinping embarked on his first state visit to the Middle East as president of China, just days after Beijing released its first-ever policy paper on the region.

Panelists will assess the prospects for restoring stability and prosperity to the Middle East after years of conflict, and the possible implications of China’s growing role in the region. They will discuss how regional states and outside actors including China are positioned to effect positive change and what policy options are most likely to lead to more favorable outcomes. This panel is the final event in the Carnegie Global Dialogue Series 2016 and is cosponsored by Peking University’s School of International Studies.

Michele Dunne

Michele Dunne is the director and a senior associate in Carnegie's Middle East Program, where her research focuses on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Li Shaoxian

Li Shaoxian is the director of Ningxia University’s China-Arab Research Institute. He previously served as the deputy director of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.

Wang Suolao

Wang Suolao is an associate professor and the director of the Center for Middle East Studies in the School of International Studies at Peking University. His research interests focus on Middle Eastern politics, Chinese-Middle Eastern relations, Chinese-African relations, and Islam.

Frederic Wehrey

Frederic Wehrey is a senior associate in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He focuses on security affairs, civil-military relations, and identity politics in North Africa and the Gulf.

Wu Bingbing

Wu Bingbing is an associate professor and deputy director of the Department of Arabic Language and Culture and director of the Institute of Arab-Islamic Culture at Peking University. His research interests focus on the contemporary politics of the Middle East, China-Middle Eastern relations, Shi'a Islam and Iranian studies, and Islamic culture.

Paul Haenle

Paul Haenle is the director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy based at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Haenle's research focuses on Chinese foreign policy and U.S.-China relations.