President Trump’s reinvention of American foreign policy has done little to ease conflict in the Middle East. Despite his assertion that ISIS is defeated, the group remains a threat to the region’s stability. The United States has injected further uncertainty by breaking with international consensus in recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and Iran and Saudi Arabia continue to compete for regional dominance through a proxy war in Yemen. Meanwhile, China is starting to deepen its involvement in the Middle East through the Belt and Road Initiative and is becoming more dependent on the region for energy imports. Following the U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, China now finds itself working with Europe to uphold the agreement. How will China’s growing footprint impact the interests of the United States and other regional actors?
Carnegie–Tsinghua Center Director Paul Haenle moderated a discussion between Carnegie scholars and experts from Peking University on shifting dynamics in the Middle East and the implications for U.S. and Chinese regional diplomacy.
This panel was the fourth of the Carnegie Global Dialogue Series 2018-2019 and cosponsored by Peking University’s School of International Studies.
This event was off the record.
Paul Haenle holds the Maurice R. Greenberg Director’s Chair at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy based at Tsinghua University in Beijing. His research focuses on Chinese foreign policy and U.S.-China relations.
Marwan Muasher is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he overseas research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.
Wang Suolao is deputy director of the Institute of Area Studies and associate professor at the School of International Studies, both at Peking University.
Brett McGurk is a nonresident senior fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He recently served as special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the U.S. Department of State.
Wang Yu is an associate professor at the School of Foreign Languages and director of the Institute of Israeli and Jewish Studies, both at Peking University.