"Transcending Borders: Asia, Middle East, and the Global Community"

2009 Biannual International Forum on Asia-Middle East Studies

co-sponsored with Shanghai International Studies University and the
Asian Division, U. S. Library of Congress

While the United States was deeply involved in negotiating peace between
Israel and the Palestinians and fighting terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan,
countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia have been quietly developing
frequent economic, political, and cultural interaction with the Middle East.
Countries such as China and Japan pay close attention to the Middle East
because of their strong ties to the region. Indeed their roles in the Middle
East have become so prominent that they should be acknowledged and closely
observed.  The "Transcending Borders: Asia, Middle East, and the Global
Community" conference, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy's Center for Middle
East and Islamic Studies, U.S. Asian Cultural Academy, the Shanghai
International Studies University, and the Library of Congress Asian
Division, aims to provide a platform for western and Asian scholars to
converge and exchange views on major issues concerning the Middle East and
its relationship with Asia, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

The 2009 Biannual International Forum on Asia-Middle East Studies plans to
invite scholars with strong interest and specializations in Asia-Middle East
relations to present their papers on the following suggested subjects:
-    Energy and environment
-    Economy and trade
-    Cross-regional relations
-    Social/cultural perspectives

- This list is meant to suggest possible topics, although other topics are
welcome if they establish their general relevance to the subject of the
encounters between the global and local powers in the Middle East.

- Both broad theoretical studies and specific case studies are welcome.
Paper proposals (no more than 200 words) & a 1-page biography are due by 1
May 2009, and should be submitted electronically to:

Transcending Borders:  Asia, Middle East, and the Global Community
Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies
U.S. Naval Academy
Annapolis, Maryland USA 21402
Tel.: 1-410-293-2990   Fax: 1-410-293-2994
Email: cmeis[@]usna.edu

- This is an interdisciplinary conference.  Participants will include
academics, diplomats, military officers and other interested individuals.

- Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by 1 June 2009.  Final
papers must be submitted by 15 September 2009.

- Paper presenters and participants must cover their own travel and
accommodations to participate in the conference.  Registration fee is $
95.00 and is due by 16 September 2009.

- Registration information for this conference will be available by 1 April
2009 at:


Brannon Wheeler, Director
Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies
107 Maryland Avenue
United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, MD 21402

Anchi Hoh, Assistant to Chief
Asia Division, Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20540-4810