The “Center for Middle East and Africa Studies” (CMEAS), formed in 2014, is the first Chinese-Israeli established ME Research Center. Focusing on international relations and strategic analysis, CMEAS is based at the School of International Studies (SIS) at Renmin University and is the result of a cooperation between the university and SIGNAL. CMEAS combines the resources of Israel and China to create a world-class research center where leading Chinese and Israeli scholars and experts have the opportunity to collaborate with their counterparts from around the world on issues of mutual concern. As a university expected by the leadership to submit policy recommendations, Renmin University’s research centers have the potential to produce policy proposals for the decision makers in China and perhaps Israel, with the help of its Israeli Board of Advisors.


Dr. Cui Shoujun, Director of CMEAS 

cui-shoujunDr. Cui Shoujun is Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at the School of International Studies at Renmin University of China (RUC), where he also heads the Center for Middle East and African Studies (CMEAS) established by SIGNAL.  He graduated from China Foreign Affairs University in 2006 where he received his PhD degree, and then joined the faculty of the Foreign Affairs Department at Renmin University’s School of International Studies. His research focuses on energy studies, China’s foreign policy, geopolitics, and developing countries (Middle East, Africa and Latin America). Dr. Cui was a EU Marie Curie scholar to several European Universities and a visiting scholar with the “International Visitor Leadership Program” (IVLP) to the U.S. Department of the State. He has published several books, numerous academic articles, and op-ed articles in both Chinese and English.


Ms. Carice Witte, Vice Director of CMEAS

Carice WitteMs. Carice Witte is a graduate of Yale University in East Asian Studies, focusing on China.  After working in film in China, in 1987 Ms. Witte made Aliya from the USA, pursuing a 20-year entrepreneurial career in international real estate and Israeli high-tech including electronic cash and internet security, working closely with European and UK banks including National Westminster Bank, Bank of Scotland, HSBC etc. This was followed by a career in real-estate in the Caribbean and Israel. Since founding SIGNAL in 2011, Ms. Witte has served as Executive Director, where she established an academic framework serving as a natural bridge between Israel and China. Ms. Witte initiated and headed the first China-Israel academic geopolitical event in Israel, hosting 14 leading Chinese scholars and experts in International Relations.  Through SIGNAL, she has been instrumental in advancing China’s understanding of Israel through the establishment of field of Israel Studies in China’s schools of higher education recognized by China’s Ministry and heading quarterly briefings and dialogues in Beijing between Israel scholars and experts and their counterparts who advise China’s decision-makers.