My latest piece examines growing tensions in the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
The investment and security deal currently being negotiated between Beijing and Tehran has provoked fears in the Indian media that China is trying to drive India out of Iran. But, in this essay for The National Interest, I argue that India’s Iranian investments are failing due to US sanctions, not Chinese expansionism.
China and Iran are reportedly negotiating a $400 billion investment and security agreement, but the deal is far less significant than media reports suggest, I write here.
My latest essay looks at the escalating rivalry between the US and China in Israel, where both states have significant interests.
My new piece for Middle East Eye examines China’s growing role in Turkey, which could increase still further amid the coronavirus pandemic.
I have some thoughts here regarding the likely impact of low energy prices on Pakistan.
It has been suggested that Iran might sabotage the Afghan peace process in retaliation for the Soleimani killing. But this is unlikely, I argue here.
My latest essay asks whether rising tensions in the Middle East following the US’ recent killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani could benefit China. The answer: yes, but not in the way you might think.
US officials have repeatedly accused China of ‘debt-trap diplomacy’, swamping poor countries with so much debt that they have to surrender control of strategic assets. But there are almost no real-world examples of this phenomenon, I show in my latest essay.
For my latest story, I interviewed experts at the ADB, OECD and elsewhere on the progress and prospects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.