Carter and Ehteshami consider the significant geopolitical, economic and security links between the Middle East and the wider Asian world - links which are often overlooked when the Middle East is considered in isolation or in terms of its relations with the West, but which are of growing importance. Topics covered include Asia's overall geostrategic realities and the Middle East's place within them; relations between the Middle East and China, Russia, central Asia, southeast Asia and south Asia; Islam in central Asia and southeast Asia and the connections with the Middle East; and the important links between the Middle East and India and Pakistan's military and security establishments.
Table of Contents
1. Asian Geostrategic Realities and Their Impact on Middle East-Asia Relations 2. Russia and the Middle East 3. The Middle East and China 4. Present Patterns of Islamism in Central Asia 5. The Contestation of Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia: A Nascent Security Threat 6. Economic Relations between the GCC and South and South East Asia 7. India and Pakistan's Military and Security Relations with the Middle East 8. Muslim South East Asia and the Middle East
Hannah Carter is Research Analyst in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Middle East and North Africa Research Group.
Anoushiravan Ehteshami is Professor of International Relations and former Director of the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Durham. He is also Vice-President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES). His most recent publications include, The Foreign Policies of Middle East States (co-editor) (2002), Iran's Security Policy in the Post-Revolutionary Era (co-author) (2001), Iran and Eurasia (co-editor) (2000), The Changing Balance of Power in Asia (1998), Syria and Iran: Middle Powers in a Penetrated Regional System (with Ray Hinnebusch) (1997), Islamic Fundamentalism (co-editor) (1996), After Khomeini: The Iranian Second Republic (1995), and From the Gulf to Central Asia: Players in the New Great Game (editor) (1994).
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