The Programme has an important, dynamic and lasting effect on decision making with respect to governance and the security of nations worldwide.
Prof. Anoush Ehteshami was a speaker at the UK Parliament's Defence Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee on the UK policy in Syria, on Thursday 8 October 2015.
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The programme had an impact in influencing EU-Iran Relations after the Nuclear Deal in 2016.
Steven Blockmans, Anoushiravan Ehteshami and Gawdat Bahgat make recommendations for the EU for a strategy for relations with Iran.
The ‘One Belt One Road’ Conference, organised by the al Sabah Programme and Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, attracted significant Chinese TV coverage. It took place from Tuesday 21 March – Wednesday 22 March 2017.
Welcome AddressProfessor Thomas Allen (Durham University Law School, Master of Grey College)
China in Greater Asia: Imagination, interaction and influenceProfessor Anoush Ehteshami (Professor of International Relations, Al-Sabah Programme Chair, Director of the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, School of government and International Affairs, Durham University)
China’s Emergence as the Gulf’s Leading Trade Partner: Developing Opportunities and Possible Constraints for the Gulf Cooperation CouncilProfessor Timothy Niblock (Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, Exeter University)
China and the Changing Security Environment in South AsiaDr Lars Erslev Andersen (Senior Researcher, Danish Institute of International Studies)
China’s Economic Diplomacy in Conflict RegionsDr Yang Jiang (Senior Researcher, Danish Institute of International Studies)
IntroductionProfessor Robin Skeates (Durham University, Head of Department Archaeology)
On the Silk Roads before Zhang Qian’s Envoy to Western RegionProfessor Lin Meicun (Professor of Silk Road Archaeology, School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University) and translated by Mr Faruk Mardan
Chinese Ceramics Trade along the Silk Roads and its Cultural Impact on the World CivilizationsProfessor Fang Lili (Director, Institute of Art Anthropology, China Academy of Arts, Chairman, China Society for Anthropology of Art)
Communications of Ancient China to the West: Archaeological Evidence on the Chinese Imperial Porcelain RelicsDr Zhang Ran (Researcher, Department of Archaeology, Durham University)
Inscribing and Expanding the Silk Roads: From UNESCO to OBORDr Susan Whitfield (Director, International Dunhuang Project, the British Library)