Research Department

SIGNAL’s research is designed to bring actionable insights to decision makers working across government, business, and academia. We aim to communicate an accurate view of Israel and the Middle East in China and to cultivate in-depth knowledge of China in Israel. SIGNAL taps into research communities, industry, and academic institutions worldwide to cultivate theories, knowledge, and techniques that drive our initiatives.

Research Projects

China in the Middle East

China-Israel: Heading Towards an Uncertain Future

Dale Aluf, Keyi Li, September 2020

How Countries Engage a Rising China

This research project examines China’s international relations with a select group of countries: Australia, Chile, Netherlands, Singapore, and Switzerland. It looks at how these countries understand Chinese foreign policy, and conduct relations with Beijing. It also outlines the resulting consequences. Through the systematic presentation of the principles and dynamics underlying these engagements, this inquiry offers an empirically grounded framework which may guide the formulation of appropriate foreign policy strategies that can be directed towards the East Asian power. The study aims to contribute to the enrichment and crystallization of Israel’s thinking regarding China during a period of rapidly shifting international power dynamics.

How Smaller Countries Can Take Advantage of the Sino-US Rivalry

Johan van de Ven, Dale Aluf, July 2020

How Countries Engage a Rising China: Analysis and Interpretations

Johan van de Ven, Dale Aluf, July 2020

Australia-China: Entering a ‘Diplomatic Ice Age’

Dale Aluf, July 2020

Singapore-China: The Art of Balancing Great Power Relations

Dale Aluf, July 2020

Chile-China: Protecting Interests Through Oversight

Johan van de Ven, Dale Aluf, Jeffrey Fu, July 2020

Netherlands-China: A Case for Bounded Engagement

Johan van de Ven, Dale Aluf, Reuben Green, July 2020

Switzerland-China: The First Movers Advantage

Johan van de Ven, Dale Aluf, Reuben Green, July 2020

History of China's FTAs

In 2016, Israel and China agreed to enter Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations. For China, FTAs are not only tools to enhance trade relations, but also instruments for achieving diplomatic and strategic objectives. SIGNAL’s inquiry into China’s FTAs sheds light on Chinese priorities when forming these types of agreements and the factors determining their terms – illuminating Beijing’s strategic mindset and expectations.

China's Free Trade Agreements: Context, Strategy, Dimensions

Carice Witte, Joshua Glinert, June 2017

Briefing on China's Free Trade Agreement Strategy

Carice Witte, Joshua Glinert, February 2017

Blue Book

The Blue Book is a Chinese language series, published annually, covering domestic issues and country studies. The series serves as a reference for policy experts, scholars, Party, and Government officials across China. The series comprises of approximately 15 countries. The Israel Blue Book was first published in 2015 by the Director of the SIGNAL Henan University Israel Studies Program, Fu Xiaowei. Each year, SIGNAL provides original source material for the essays, as well as original articles written by SIGNAL staff, SIGNAL fellows, and other Israeli /Jewish experts.

The Defining Tension of Islam - Unity and Diversity

Dr. Ori Goldberg, April 2019

Understanding the Jewish Contribution to Humanity

Gideon ‘Gidi’ Grinstein, April 2019

Security Topics on Israel and the Middle East (Hebrew)

Major General Yaacov Amidror, May 2017

The Jewish People in 2017 Fault Lines Threats and Opportunities

Shalom Lipner, May 2017

Israel-China Relations 2016

Carice Witte, Yehuda Sunshine, May 2017

Israel & The Belt & Road Initiative

Carice Witte, Yehuda Sunshine, April 2017

A Global Perspective of the Jewish People, 2016

David Harris, March 2017

The Three Roots of the Special Relationship: What Makes U.S.-Israeli Ties So Strong?

Eran Lerman, March 2017

Sino-Israel Relations in 2015

Carice Witte, Prof. Meron Medzini, March 2017

2017 Survey: Israeli Attitudes and Perceptions of China, its people and the BRI

This study, commissioned by China’s Ministry of Education, was initiated by Dr. Li Wei, a Research Fellow from the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) of China’s Northwest University, and conducted in collaboration with SIGNAL.

The Attitudes and Perceptions of Israelis Towards China, its People, and the BRI

Professor Li Wei, Kalman Guyer, & SIGNAL, December 2017