December 2019

The Role of China in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Beyond Economic Interests

Abstract

The Dialogue Workshop “The Role of China in in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Beyond Economic Interests” was held on December 03, 2019 at the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) as part of the EuroMeSCo ENI Project, co-funded by the European Union and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed). It was organised by the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE), and the IEMed.

A total of 14 participants, including EuroMeSCo researchers directly involved in the project, as well as other experts and scholars, attended the dialogue workshop. This event aimed at discussing the initial research results ahead of the publication of a Joint Policy Study (envisaged for March 2020) and engaging the participants in analysing and sharing their perspectives on the present and potential future role of China in the MENA region. Specifically, this workshop discussed and analysed economic, political, cultural, and security aspects of the China’s presence in the region.

The present report is a summary of main points raised in workshop discussions.