On May 14-15, 2015, the Middle East and North Africa Program at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies co-hosted a workshop with the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore, titled “Globalization and the Ties that Bind: Korea and the Gulf.” The workshop, co-sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, covered the diverse political, religious, security, social, and economic linkages between Korea and the Gulf. This Asan Report features six updated contributions from the workshop.


Table of Contents

– Introduction

– Keynote Address

– Difficult Times for the Arab World

– Better Reciprocity with Higher State Capacity in Korea and the Gulf

– The Islamic Finance Crescent: From Southwest to East Asia

– Islam and Its Challenges in Contemporary Korea

– Migrants from Asia and the Production of “Globalised Cities” in the Arab Gulf Countries

– Globalisation and Digital Culture: Connecting the Gulf and South Korea

– Biographies