Asia-Middle East Relations
Analyzing evolving economic and political ties between the Middle East and Asia.As the United States weighs its “rebalance” to Asia, many Middle Eastern countries are doing the same thing. China has a huge reliance on Middle Eastern energy, and business and investment ties with the Middle East are growing swiftly. For many Middle Eastern states, a closer relationship with China is a useful hedge against Western disinterest, although does little to address the security concerns that many Middle Eastern states have. Many of Asia’s other powers, including India, Japan, and South Korea, are forging stronger linkages within the Middle East that expand beyond the energy trade as well. As expectations for these ties rise, the promise and limitations of Asia-Middle East relations remain open questions.
The CSIS Middle East Program performs original research and analysis and hosts events to examine the impacts of shifting Asia-Middle East ties within the region and implications for U.S. policy.