The Changing Roles of Major Powers in MENA

How has the rise of China’s influence in the Middle East and North Africa affected other major powers’ roles in the region?
Are there opportunities for cooperation between China and the other major powers in the Middle East and North Africa?

Dalia Ghanem holds a Ph.D. from the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. She was a senior resident scholar at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut for nine years. Her research focuses on Algeria’s political, economic, social, and security developments. Her research also examines political violence, radicalization, civil-military relationships, trans-border dynamics, and gender. Ghanem is the author of numerous articles, studies and a book entitled Understanding the Persistence of Competitive Authoritarianism in Algeria. Ghanem is now a senior analyst in charge of the Middle East and North Africa portfolio at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris.

Jesse Marks is a nonresident fellow with the China Program at the Stimson Center. He is a foreign affairs and policy expert, with extensive experience in foreign policy, peace and conflict, international security, humanitarian response, and China-Middle East relations. He currently is an Associate Director for the Middle East and China with Edelman Global Advisory. From 2020-2022, Marks served as an advisor for Middle East Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in both the Trump and Biden administrations. Marks spent five years in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as a Boren Scholar, Fulbright Fellow at the Jordan Center for Strategic Studies, Scoville Fellow at the Stimson Center’s Protecting Civilians in Conflict program, and a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing. His work is published with Washington Post, Carnegie Middle East, Foreign Affairs, the Stimson Center, Atlantic Council, Middle East Institute, and more. He holds a master’s degree in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, Beijing and an MPhil in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge.


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