3. Emerging actors in Italy’s near abroad: assessing China’s growing role in the West Asia - Northern Africa region

Chair: Giovanni Andornino (University of Turin and T.wai - Torino World Affairs Institute, Turin
Discussants: Vittorio Emanuele Parsi (Catholic University of Milan)

Date: Friday 26th June 2015
Room: Room 1 - Library

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Over the last five years, just as the ossified political morphology of the Middle East and Northern Africa has been dramatically set in flux by the “Arab Springs” and subsequent dynamics, the global salience of the wider Mediterranean region has been coming more sharply in focus, with traditional and emerging actors increasingly re-casting the logics and quality of their engagement.

This panel pursues a cross-disciplinary assessment of China’s growing footprint in this region. Drawing on multiple approaches – including security studies, foreign policy analysis, international political economy and history of international relations – it analyses how China’s strategic westward projection may meaningfully contribute to the re-shaping of the political, economic and social physiognomy of the EU’s southern and south-eastern neighbourhood.

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Papers: 

China's role in the Mediterreanean region: rationale, dynamics and growing involvement
Claudia Astarita (University of Melbourne) and Yves-Heng Lim (Fujen Catholic University, Taiwan)

Assessing the salience of the West Asia and Northern Africa region in Beijing’s foreign policy calculus
Enrico Fardella (Peking University, Beijing and T.wai - Torino World Affairs Institute, Turin)

The EU, China, and nontraditional security: prospects for cooperation in the Mediterranean region
Simone Dossi (University of Milan, and T.wai - Torino World Affairs Institute, Turin) 

European, Chinese and American converging approaches to African security issues and the case of Mali
Andrea Ghiselli (Fudan University, Shanghai and T.wai - Torino World Affairs Institute, Turin) 

The politics and political economy of Sino-Italian relations in the Greater Mediterranean region
Giovanni Andornino (University of Turin and T.wai - Torino World Affairs Institute, Turin)