Now China, too, is in Isil’s firing line

More catch-up posting this time for the Telegraph in the wake of the suicide bombing on the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek. Also spoke to Voice of America, Financial Times, Guardian and BBC Chinese on the topic. Now China, too, is in Isil’s firing line Raffaello Pantucci Director of International Security Studies, RUSI A suicide attack […] Read more »

Xinjiang trade raises doubts over China’s “Belt and Road” plan

Catching up on another late post, this time for the Financial Times Beyond BRICS blog looking in some detail at the question of how the ‘Belt and Road’ has had an impact on Xinjiang-Central Asia trade. Trying to look at this as a case study for the bigger question lots are asking. Am immensely grateful […] Read more »

China’s new silk road is designed to cut Russia out of Eurasian trade

And now another (very short piece) for the South China Morning Post, this time looking at the implications to Russia of the opening up of Iran and what this means for the Silk Road Economic Belt vision. China’s new silk road is designed to cut Russia out of Eurasian trade Raffaello Pantucci says the ‘One […] Read more »

In Central Asia, China’s New Silk Road stirs memories of over-reach and entanglement

This is a slightly longer freeflowing piece for an old site I used to contribute to fairly regularly called The Interpreter, the blog for a great Australian think tank called the Lowy Institute. Was based off some reflections from some recent travel I got to do to China, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. I’ve been lucky with […] Read more »

Communication, Co-operation and Challenges: A Roadmap for Sino–Indian Engagement in Afghanistan

Catching up on a lot of old posting, here is a report for my home institute RUSI that has been the culmination of a lot of work with Chinese and Indian researchers and RUSI colleagues (Emily and Edward) looking at the potential for Chinese and Indian cooperation in Afghanistan. Communication, Co-operation and Challenges: A Roadmap […] Read more »

The Economics of the Silk Road Economic Belt

Catching up on some old posting again now that we are closing in on Christmas, and first up is a short report with Sarah from a workshop we did in Almaty looking at the Silk Road Economic Belt’s economic dimension. Part of a bigger project we are working on at RUSI which is going to […] Read more »

“Una cintura e una via”: il modello dell’Asia centrale

And more catch up posting, this time in Italian for the excellent think tank Twai’s publication Orizzonte Cina. This one was actually initially written a bit in English and a bit in Italian (thanks to Giovanni for commissioning and Simone for editing and translating!), so am not going to re-print here completely in English, but […] Read more »

Europe: The other end of China’s Silk Road

I am travelling and working on various projects which is impeding my productivity and ability to post. A few pieces to come this next week hopefully though. This one is an op-ed for the EU Observer, somewhere I used to write more frequently for but I like to hope gives me an hearing in Brussels. […] Read more »

Understanding the Cultural Fabric: The Missing Piece in China’s outreach to bring peace to Afghanistan

I have been rather delinquent in posting here, so am going to now briefly catch up on a few things. First up is a piece written for the UK Embassy Beijing’s ‘Strategic Communications Initiative’ that aims to advance a discussion between China and the UK on strategic questions. I have contributed a piece with a […] Read more »

Sinophobia: A Potential Knot in the Silk Road

Still catching up on old posting, new writing has sadly slowed of late. Busy with various projects, including promoting the UK Jihad book. Hopefully usual service will resume soon. In the meantime, the new Brill journal Central Asian Affairs published my contribution to a series of essays commissioned by the excellent Erica Marat about Marlene Laruelle and Sébastien Peyrouse’s wonderful […] Read more »