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Richard Ghiasy

Associate Researcher

Richard Ghiasy

Richard Ghiasy

Richard Ghiasy was an Associate Researcher in the SIPRI China and Global Security Programme. Richard’s overarching interest is the security-development nexus. He studies China’s foreign and security policy, European Union-China and China-Central Asia relations, Europe and Asia’s infrastructure and economic integration, and all affairs pertaining to Afghanistan’s politics, development and security – including relations with international stakeholders.

Recently, his research has concentrated on geo-economics: especially European and Asian economic, infrastructure and security integration. This is primarily through analysis of the Belt and Road Initiative’s security implications in both terrestrial and maritime domains in Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, the Indian Ocean Region, and throughout all of Europe.  

Richard has lived in China for extended periods, has studied and led research projects throughout four European Union member states before joining SIPRI. He has conducted field research and presented his findings in more than thirty countries.

Subject expertise

Security-development nexus, geo-economics, private sector-security nexus, China’s foreign and security policy, European Union-China relations, Afghanistan, Central and South Asia, European and Asian economic and security integration, Belt and Road Initiative.

Regional expertise

China, European Union, Afghanistan, Asia

Dutch, Dari, English, Mandarin, Spanish

MPA, Tsinghua University; MBA, Wuhan University of Technology

External publications
  • Ghiasy, R., 'Why Afghanistan’s stability is so important to China', South China Morning Post, 22 May 2017.
  • Ghiasy, R., 'China paves promising way with new Silk Road but must still win over the sceptics', South China Morning Post, 15 May 2017.
  • Ghiasy, R. 'China-Pakistan corridor could help stabilize South Asia’, Nikkei Asian Review, Apr. 2017.
  • Ghiasy, R. 'The Evolution Of Russian Geopolitical Interests In Afghanistan: From Opportunity To Liability',, Bishkek Project, Mar. 2017.
  • Ghiasy, R., 'Political challenges and perspectives 20162019' in Afghanistan: Challenges and perspectives until 2020, European Parliament Report, Feb. 2017 (pp.19–24).
  • Ghiasy, R., 'Afghanistan’s Economy', Routledge - Europa World Yearbook: South Asia 2016, Oct. 2015.
  • Ghiasy, R., 'Nurturing Sino-Afghan ties: Ingenious soft power exertion prospects', China International Strategy Review, May 2015.
  • Ghiasy, R. and Mankoff, J., 'Central Asia’s future: three powers, three visions', The Diplomat, 25 May 2015.
  • Ghiasy, R., 'Afghanistan's new cabinet may spell trouble ahead,’ Nikkei Asian Review, 21 Jan. 2015.
  • Ghiasy, R., 'Afghanistan president paves the way for Chinese investors', Nikkei Asian Review, 30 Oct. 2014.
  • Ghiasy, R. and Saeedi, M., 'The Heart of Asia Process: An Analysis of Impediments to Further Progress', Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) Policy Paper, June 2014.
  • Ghiasy, R. and Sekander, F., ‘Can Afghanistan's economy stand on its own?’, The Diplomat, 30 Jan. 2014.
  • Ghiasy, R., Mothe, S. and Pontemayor, F., ‘Making the Chinese dream come true’, The Diplomat, 31 Dec. 2013.
  • Ghiasy, R., ‘Central Asian fortune in Chinese hands?’, The Diplomat, 9 Dec. 2013.
  • Ghiasy, R., Mothe, S. and Pontemayor, F., ‘China's developing world edge’, The Diplomat, 13 Sep. 2013.