This book is based on papers given at a conference held in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in January 2001, organised jointly by the Middle East and North Africa Research Group of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies of the University of Durham. The papers have been revised and updated to take account of regional and international developments since the conference. Individual contributors are solely responsible for their chapters and HMG does not necessarily agree with the views or policy they express.
The aim of the conference was to illuminate the significant geopolitical, economic and security links between the Middle East and the wider Asian world - links which are often overlooked when the Middle East is considered in isolation or in terms of its relations with the West, but which are of growing importance. The conference was one of a series held by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in cooperation with the University of Durham in order to bring the ideas of academics and other specialists to the attention of policy-makers, and to promote debate among experts inside and outside government on issues of relevance to foreign policy.
Head, Middle East and North Africa Research Group
Foreign and Commonwealth Office