Centre for Iranian Studies Events
- Migration of Iranians (Shirazis) to East African Coasts and its Cultural Impacts
Amirbahram Arabahmadi (University of Tehran)
This talk focuses on historical relations of Iranians and east African coasts and specifically the immigration of a group of Iranians from Shiraz to the coasts and islands of East Africa about one thousand years ago.
- China Straddling the Persian Gulf
Jonathan Fulton (Zayed University - Abu Dhabi, UAE)
China is a major economic actor in the Persian Gulf and its expansive Belt and Road Initiative ambitions add a strategic element. In an intensely competitive regional security environment, China has maintained an unusual approach, deepening ties with all Gulf states, perhaps best exemplified by its comprehensive strategic partnerships with Iran and its rivals Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
- China’s Engagement and Relations with Iran
Anoush Ehteshami (Durham University)
China has been leading the Middle East/West Asia’s ‘Asianization’ since the late 1990s and has emerged as the primary trading and investment partner of ME/WAsian countries. PRC-IRI relations in this process stand out for both geopolitical and ideo-political reasons.