Organizing Institution: Georgetown University Center For Contemporary Arab Studies
Start Date: August 6, 2018
End Date: August 10, 2018
Center For Contemporary Arab Studies
241 Intercultural Center, 37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington, District of Columbia 20057 United States
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The Summer Teacher Institute for 2018 will focus on Chinese relations with the Middle East and Africa. The history of Chinese trade with the Middle East and Africa goes back centuries to the maritime and overland Silk Roads, and those connections are being renewed today as China’s economy and global footprint in foreign relations expands. China’s need for resources is the main driver of its increasing role in these two regions, but the depth of its involvement there has taken on political, social, and environmental dimensions as trade and investment grow. As a developing country and one that bore the brunt of European expansionism in past centuries, former colonized countries in Africa and the Middle East are looking to see how China exerts its new economic power. In order to understand these crucial developments and incorporate them into teaching, participants in STI2018 will learn from experts on the region and gain access to a wide range of resources for background reading and classroom engagement.