Within the framework covered in the Abstract, the workshop seeks to attract papers
which are closely targeted on the specific concerns of the workshop. Papers should only
cover one Asian country, focusing on the characteristics of its involvement in the Gulf
(and how it sees the roles played by other Asian countries). Given that there is a
substantial range of major Asian players which need to be covered, there will only be
space for two (and often only one) paper to be devoted to each country. Each paper,
therefore, will either have to cover all of the issues related to the Asian country
concerned, or else will need to cover a discrete part of that country’s involvement. In the
latter case, the easiest arrangement would be for two paper-proposers to work together in
making their proposals complementary – such that all topics of interest are covered. In
most cases, the convenors will be able to supply data on trade relating to a country’s trade
with the Gulf, so as to ensure that a common basis of comparison is present.
“Asia” is being used here to refer to all Asian countries apart from the Gulf countries
themselves (despite the fact that they themselves form part of Asia). Turkey is included
within this definition. The countries which the convenors see as being most central to the
concerns of the workshop are China, India, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea and Turkey. It
would, however, also be valuable to have consideration given to one or other of the
countries of South-East Asia (perhaps Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore or
Thailand), or perhaps a composite paper covering all SE Asian countries. Taiwan, placed
within whichever context is most appropriate, could also be covered. A case could also be
made for including Russia, by virtue of its straddling Europe and Asia, and perhaps one
or other of the central Asian republics.
“The Gulf” is used here to denote not only the GCC states but also Iraq and Iran. While
papers may give consideration to the possibilities of GCC expansion (involving Yemen,
Jordan and Morocco), it is not expected that this should play a central role in the analysis.
All papers need to follow a common pattern (or, where two papers are being presented on
the same country, part of the common pattern). The sections of papers should be divided
1. Perspective: how the Gulf fits into the wider global strategy and foreign relations
of Country X.
2. Expansion and Composition of Economic Links between Country X and the Gulf:
trade, investment, labor and contracts (contemporary, but with a perspective from
the last two decades to show path of expansion).
3. Number of country X nationals currently present in the Gulf states, and
projections for the future.
4. The Dynamics of Political and Strategic Relations (including the possibility of the
Asian country concerned playing a significant strategic role in the Gulf).
5. Country X and other External Players in the Gulf: to what extent does Country X
see other Asian powers as pursuing complementary roles to its own in the Gulf
region, and to what extent does it see the roles as potentially conflictual? How this
relates to the roles played by Western powers can also be considered.
6. Conclusion: in what ways can it be expected that the role of Country X will
enhance the well-being of the Gulf region in the future?
The intention is to move quickly to publication after the workshop. The topicality of the
issues, and the breadth of coverage, should ensure that publishers have a substantial and
pressing interest to carry the publication forward.