As the economies of East Asia grow ever stronger, their need for energy resources increases, which in turn compels closer relations with the countries of the Middle East. This book examines the developing relations between the countries of East Asia, especially China and Japan, with the countries of the Middle East. It looks at various key bilateral relationships, including with Iran and Syria, discusses the impact on the United States’ hegemony in both regions, considers whether the new relations represent a contribution to, or a threat to, peace and stability, and assesses the implications of the changes for patterns of regional and global international relations systems.
Table of Contents
1. The MENA-EA Nexus: Introduction and Conceptual Framework Part 1: The Emerging Cross Regional Nexus and US Hegemony 2. Middle East-East Asia Relations: Between Geopolitics and Globalization 3. Gulf-East Asian Relations: From Economic Interdependence to Strategic Cooperation 4. East Asia and the Middle East: Inter-regional Dynamics and American Hegemony Part 2: Japanese Middle East Energy Diplomacy 5. Japan’s Energy Policy and Energy Diplomacy in the Gulf 6. Japan in the Gulf: Between Intra-bureaucratic Politics and Inter-Asian Rivalry Part 3: China’s Rise in the Middle East 7. China’s Energy Diplomacy towards the Middle East 8. Sino-Iranian Relations since the Cold War 9. China’s Policy Toward Saudi Arabia: Searching For A Reliable Partner 10. American Hegemony (and Hubris), the Iranian Nuclear Issue, and the Future of Sino-Iranian Relations 11. China and the United States in the Middle East and the Islamic World 12. Conclusion: Asianization and Systemic Shift
Anoushiravan Ehteshamiis Professor of International Relations in the School of Government and International Affairs, University of Durham, UK
Yukiko Miyagi is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies at the University of St Andrews, UK