Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Strategic Genius, Arrogant Overreach or Something Else?

September 04, 2019

President Xi Jinping, the modern-day emperor of China, clearly has a deep sense of history. On September 8, 2013, he gave a speech at Nazarbayev University in Almaty at the invitation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Xi quoted a Chinese saying — “ near neighbor is better...

Afghanistan’s Quest for Regional Cooperation

December 08, 2016

Afghanistan’s regional policy is not constructed around local rivalries. On December 4, the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was held in Amritsar, India. The Heart of Asia process was launched in 2011 as a new and complementary framework for enhancing...

China is Diving into the Gulf, But For How Long?

August 15, 2016

It's getting harder for Beijing to sell the story of non-interference in affairs of sovereign states. Like most other major global powers that have preceded it, China is becoming entangled in the Middle East. A friendlier region to its interests than its own neighborhood in East Asia, China...