The United States is championing a new regional approach that aims to use economic diplomacy to bring key players in the Middle East and Asia closer and provide an alternative to Chinese initiatives.
Head of the Asia Policy Program, Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy at Reichman University (IDC Herzliya)
Gedaliah Afterman is the head of the Asia Policy Program at the Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy at at Reichman University (IDC Herzliya). He previously served as an Australian foreign service officer working on Asian regional security issues and a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, where he focused on issues related to China’s foreign policy, including the Middle East.
The grouping of India, Israel, the UAE, and the United States is likely to remain successful only if it is a harbinger for the present and future in the economic development domain and not a prisoner of the past in the security sphere.
The changing geostrategic landscape provides new opportunities for cooperation between middle powers in the Middle East and Asia.