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The Middle East and US-China relations
Sino-American Security Dialogue (SASD)
May 24-26, 2008 Huangshan, Anhui, China

Sessions and Readings

Panel 1: Iraq and US-China relations
General David Petraeus, Report to Congress on the Situation in Iraq, September 10-11, 2007 (9 pp)
Fareed Zakaria, “Stuck in the Iraq Loop,” Newsweek, March 28, 2008.
Mike O’Hanlon and Ann Gildroy, “Iraq: Reasons for Strategic Patience,” Washington Post, April 25, 2008.
Thomas L. Friedman, “The New Cold War,” NYT, May 14, 2008.
Analytic question(s) for discussion: How will near-term U.S. attention to Iraq and the Middle East affect Sino-US relations?

Panel 2: Iran and US-China relations
Vali Nasr and Ray Takeyh, “The Costs of Containing Iran: Washington’s Misguided New Middle East Policy,” Foreign Affairs, January/February 2008.
Robin Wright, “Iran’s New Alliance with China Could Cost U.S. Leverage,” November 16, 2004.
Dingli Shen, “Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions Test China’s Wisdom,” The Washington Quarterly, Spring 2006.
David Sanger, “Details in Military Notes Led to Shift on Iran, U.S. Says,” New York Times, December 6, 2007. (About NIE that changed the Iran debate)
Analytic question(s) for discussion: What should the P-5+1 (E3+3) do to best combat the threat of nuclear proliferation from Iran?

Panel 3: Arab-Israeli Conflict and US-China relations   
Samuel Lewis, “The Receding Horizon: the Endless Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace,” Foreign Affairs, September/October 2004 (review of Dennis Ross’s book, The Missing Peace).
“Advice after Two Decades of Arab-Israeli Diplomacy,” New York Times Book Review, April 16, 2008 (review of Aaron Miller’s The Much Too Promised Land)
Analytic question(s) for discussion: Would resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the establishment of a Palestinian state, significantly affect Chinese interests? Should China’s role as a “responsible stakeholder” include involvement as part of an expanded quartet (in addition to the US, Russia, Europe, and UN)?

Panel 4: Middle Eastern Oil, Energy Security, and US-China relations
David Zweig and Bi Jianhai, “China’s Global Hunt for Energy,” Foreign Affairs, September 2005.
Analytic question(s) for discussion: How can the United States and China, as energy consumers, best cooperate to meet their needs and undercut energy supplier’s leverage? How can the US reassure China about uninterrupted access to Middle Eastern Oil? How can China reassure the US about the political impact of it’s increased energy involvement in the Middle East?

Panel 5: Current events and wrap up: Tibet, the Olympics, and US-China relations
READING(S): “The Ugly Chinese,” Pomfret’s China, May 1, 2008.
Analytic question(s) for discussion: What are the implications of the recent events in Tibet and the Olympic torch relay for China’s “soft power”? Will the recent deterioration of US-China mutual images have a lasting impact on US-China relations?
Thoughts for SASD 2009: Environmental security in US-China relations, Glacier National Park? Perception and Misperception in US-China relations? Other topics?

Additional readings from the Middle East Policy Council (note that some are available as video feeds as well as unedited transcripts):
The Future of the Middle East: Strategic Implications for the United States
Iran's Strategic Concerns and U.S. Interests
Hamas and the Two-State Solution: Villain, Victim or Missing Ingredient? 


Friday, 23 May
Arrive and check-in at Huangshan International Hotel [31 Huashan Road, Tun Xi; Tel:0559-2351199]

Saturday, 24 May
09:00 – 10:20      SESSION 1 [Heng Jiang Room, Huangshan International Hotel]
10:20 – 10:40    Coffee break
10:40 – 12:00      SESSION 2 [Heng Jiang Room, Huangshan International Hotel]
12:15 – 13:00      Group lunch at Hotel
14:00 – 15:30      SESSION 3 [Heng Jiang Room, Huangshan International Hotel]
15:45 – 17:30      Tour of Gu Cheng Yan
17:30 – 20:00      Dinner at Old Street No.1 Restaurant [Lao Jie Road]

Sunday [25 May]:
07:00 – 07:30      Breakfast & Check-out
07:30 – 08:20      Bus transfer to Huangshan     
08:40 – 12:00      Mountain tour and check-in at Bei Hai Hotel
12:00 – 13:00     Lunch at Bei Hai Hotel          
13:30 – 15:00      SESSION 4
15:15 – 17:00      SESSION 5
18:00 – 18:50      Dinner at Bei Hai Hotel 

Monday, 26 May
07:00 – 07:30      Breakfast and Check-out
07:30 – 12:00     Huangshan Mountain Tour
12:00 – 13:30     Lunch  at Yu Pin Lou
13:30 – 14:30     Bus transfer
14:30 – 17:30     Hong Cun Tour
17:30 – 19:00     Dinner at Lei Gang Restaurant at Hong Cun
19:00 – 20:00     Bus transfer
20:00 – 21:20    Rest at Huangshan International Hotel
21:20 – 21:50    Ride to Airport and Depart Huang Shan city

US Participant list
Frazier, Mark. OU. Chinese politics, IPE
Freeman, Chas. Ambassador
Gries, Peter. OU. US-China relations, Chinese foreign policy
Kennedy, Scott. Indiana. Chinese foreign policy, IPE
Landis, Joshua. OU. Middle Eastern politics
Lennon, Alex. CSIS. Editor-in-chief, Washington Quarterly
Mitchell, Derek. CSIS. International Security, Asia
Weiss, Jessica. Yale. Chinese foreign policy

China Participant list
Ding Xinghao
Jin Canrong (Renda)
Ni Feng, CASS (America Institute)
Song Guoyou (Fudan American Studies, PE)
Wu Xinbo (Fudan)
Xu Hui, NDU
Zha Daojiong, (Beida)
Zhang Qingmin (Beida)
Zhu Feng (Beida)

US: Peter Gries, 405/325-1962; (c) 405/445-8039
China: Wu Xinbo: 139-177-00266