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Richard Ghiasy


Richard Ghiasy

Richard Ghiasy

Richard Ghiasy is a Researcher in the SIPRI China and Global Security Programme. He has lived in China for extended periods, has studied and worked in seven countries, and has carried out professional travel to more than 20 countries. He is a former non-resident analyst at the Afghan Embassy in Beijing. More recently he was a Research Fellow at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) in Kabul. He holds an MBA from Wuhan University of Technology, and an MPA in development studies from Tsinghua University.

Subject expertise

China’s foreign policy, Sino-Afghan relations, Afghanistan, China, economic development, geostrategy

Regional expertise

China, Afghanistan

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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.