MEI is pleased to announce its new paper series, “The Singapore Middle East Papers.” The series features volumes of three to four academic research papers centered on a common theme. The first volume (Spring 2012) includes three papers on the Gulf and Asia. Tim Niblock of the University of Exeter discusses recent and shifting economic relations between the Gulf and Southeast Asia, and Jacqueline Armijo and Lina Kassen of Qatar University relatedly address the social and cultural implications of increased economic activity between China and the Gulf. University of Michigan doctoral candidate Ismail Fajrie Alatas, in a more anthropological work, looks at the history of a Hadrami family as it has moved between Yemen, Java, and Abu Dhabi over the past century. Upcoming volumes will look at the Egyptian parliamentary elections, Gulf economic activity and its relationship to Southeast Asia, and Iraq in history and today. Please click here to access a PDF of the first volume.