In Feb. 2015 SIGNAL hosted the Dean, Vice Dean and 2 professors from Renmin University of China’s School of International Studies (SIS), ranked #1 in international relations.
As Dean Chen Yue’s maiden trip to Israel, the 4 day visit afforded him and his colleagues the opportunity to discuss academic ties with Hebrew University, the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya University (IDC), and Tel Aviv University. They also received briefings by Dr. Boaz Ganor, head of the Institute for Counter Terrorism at IDC, experts from the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle East Studies, Ambassador Oded Eran of the Institute for National Security Studies and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs research department. The visit included tours of historical sites such as Jerusalem’s Old City, the Dead Sea, Masada, the Galilee and the Golan heights where they were exposed to Israeli history, culture, diplomacy and strategic challenges.
In the Fall of 2014, SIGNAL and SIS established the first China-Israel Middle East Center, CMEAS, the Center for ME and African Studies and sponsored the center’s first joint research paper. Israeli scholars Prof. Meron Medzini of Hebrew University, Prof. Joshua Teitelbaum of Bar Ilan University and Chinese Prof., Assistant Dean Cui Shoujun of Renmin University co-authored the innovative paper entitled China–Taiwan “Cross-Straits” Relations- a possible Model for Israeli- Palestinian Cooperation. SIGNAL began developing a relationship with Renmin University in 2012 when it started bringing scholars from Israel’s universities and research centers to lecture at the esteemed School of International Studies.
CMEAS held its first conference in Nov. 2014 on the topic of Geopolitical Transitions in Middle East. Moderated by SIGNAL Executive Director, Carice Witte and Prof. Cui Shoujun, CMEAS Director, the conference welcomed presentations by 25 Chinese and Israeli scholars, experts and diplomats. Topics included China’s developing role in the Middle East, Oil Dependence, and Counter Terrorism. Israeli scholars included SIGNAL Board member, Mr. David P. Goldman, Managing Director and Head of Americas at Reorient Financial Markets and Senior Fellow at the London Institute for Policy Research, SIGNAL Senior Fellow, Dr. Harold Rhode, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Gatestone Institute, Middle East and Islamic Culture expert, formerly of the Pentagon., Dr. Avinoam Idan, Political geographer teaching at the University of Haifa, School of Political Science, and Dr. Jonathan Fine, Senior researcher at the International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT) and an associate professor at the Lauder Government School at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzlyia (IDC).