Center for Mediterranean Area Studies

The Center for Mediterranean Area Studies (CMAS), directed by Prof. Enrico Fardella, was established in 2015 at Peking University. CMAS gathers multidisciplinary academic expertise on the Mediterranean region (in history, international relations, economics, foreign languages, etc.) in order to provide high-level scientific analysis on the Mediterranean dynamics and their growing interconnections with the Chinese sphere of interests. Since 2016, CMAS works as the Chinese representative of the Asian Federation of Mediterranean Institutes (AFOMEDI), established by the University of Busan, in South Korea.

Department of East Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University

The Department of East Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University was founded in 1995. Since then it has grown to become the largest and most diverse faculty of East Asian Studies in Israel. The Department is structurally unique in that it offers in addition to the civilizations of East Asia proper (China, Japan, and Korea) also Indian Studies. The Department offers courses, seminars, and workshops on a wide variety of fields related to the region, and thus opens new perspectives, attitudes, understandings, and horizons for its students and faculty alike, with options for further development in many sectors of academy, society and economy.

Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies

The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies (MDC) is a non-partisan, interdisciplinary research center that was founded in 1959 and incorporated into Tel Aviv University in 1966. The MDC was established, in part, to bridge the gap between the Israeli intelligence apparatus and academia, and to provide research solutions to contemporary issues that the intelligence services did not have the time or capability to pursue. While it is no longer affiliated with the Directorate of Intelligence, the Moshe Dayan Center continues to play a vital role in safeguarding Israel's future. The MDC operates on its founding principle that in order to properly interpret developments in the Middle East and Africa, one must first have an intimate, "bottom-up" understanding of the cultures, peoples, languages, religions, and history of the region. The MDC regularly publishes both short-form analyses of contemporary developments, as well as long-form essays, books, and monographs. It hosts an eclectic and ambitious program of events and activities, and provides essential support and mentorship to affiliated researchers and graduate students wishing to publish in leading academic journals and presses

China Africa Project (CAP)

The China Africa Project (CAP) is an independent, non-partisan multimedia news initiative dedicated to exploring every facet of Chinese engagement in Africa. Founded in 2010 by journalist Eric Olander and Dr. Cobus van Staden, currently the Senior China-Africa Researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs, the CAP produces a wide range of daily and weekly editorial content that is distributed on its own website and to its than 1+ million followers on social media. For more information about The China Africa Project, please visit

Asian Studies Unit

The Asian Studies Unit, part of the Research Department of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS), was created in 2015. The Unit is dedicated to the study of East Asia (China, the Koreas, and Japan) and East Asian societies. As one of the more regionally specialized units at the KFCRIS, the Asian Studies Unit aims to promote greater understanding of East Asia within the Gulf and the wider Arab world. It also seeks to enhance the quality of academic, journalistic, and policy making coverage and discussions surrounding the region and its ever more complex relationship to Saudi Arabia and the broader Middle East. It is also purposed towards building connections with other Asia-focused research institutions and think tanks around the world. The Unit’s research agenda is bifurcated between a focus on contemporary East Asian international relations, politics, economics, and security topics on the one hand, and a concentration on historical, anthropological and cultural-social issues on the other. This broad research agenda enables the Unit to engage with multiple disciplines, generate a diverse set of studies and, more importantly, allows it to maintain its fidelity to the spirit of KFCRIS as a think tank and academic institution.
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