|Norafidah Ismail is a Senior Lecturer at School of International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia. Her area of specialization is the International Relations of the Middle East, Foreign Policy, International Relations and International Political Economy. She has delivered several conference papers on China?s growing involvement in the West Asia (the Middle East). Dr. Ismail earned a B.A. from International Islamic University, Malaysia, an M.A. in International Political Economy from the University of Leeds, and a Ph.D. in Arab and Islamic Studies from University of Exeter, United Kingdom.