Launch of "The Vital Triangle: China, the United States, and the Middle East"
Jon Alterman's Presentation Video with Slides (.mov, 23:42)
The United States has been deeply involved in the Middle East for more than a half century and seized with China’s role in the world for a similar period of time. Up to now, the two issues have remained distinct. Yet China's growing thirst for energy has brought it increasingly to the Middle East, where governments are curious how the growing superpower might fit into their own strategic understanding of the world. China’s rising role in the Middle East comes at a time when the United States is itself deeply enmeshed in the region, setting up the possibility of competition or even conflict between the two great powers. This volume explores the complex interrelationships among China, the United States, and the Middle East-what the authors call the "vital triangle."