Fellowship Year 2022: China, Israel and the Middle East

The fourth year of the Sylke Tempel Fellowship focuses on the topic "China's Influence on Israel and the Middle East".

The last decade has brought major geopolitical changes in and for the Middle East. After the so-called Arab Spring, in 2011, and the increased withdrawal of the US and Europe from the region, China has intensified its engagement in the region. However, the significance of this engagement, the impact of Chinese investments as well as (security) policy consequences have only been marginally addressed in both German and Israeli discourse, up until now. We want to change that!

Our current Fellows are therefore dedicated to questions regarding Chinese influence on Israel and the Middle East. They cast important spotlights from different angles on a topic that will shape not only the development of the Middle East, but also future foreign policy of the USA and Germany with regard to the region.

Sylke Tempel Fellowship conference

On December 14, 2022, the annual concluding conference of the Sylke Tempel Fellowship will take place. The conference will focus on "China and Israel: Foreign Policy, Trade and Influence in Unsteady Times ". Our Fellows will meet with international experts and present their research projects during the conference. This year, it is finally possible invite our 11 Fellows to Berlin to celebrate the end of the Fellowship year 2022 together with many guests.

You can find the full program here.

Partner organizations
Our cooperation partners are the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the European Leadership Network (ELNET), the foreign policy magazine Internationale Politik (IP) and Women in International Security Deutschland e.V (Wiis.de) and the Bar-Ilan University.  The program runs under the auspices of former Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in his role as chairman of Atlantik-Brücke e.V. and former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

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