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Centre for Regional and Global Connectivity

The Centre for Regional and Global Connectivity (CRGC) seeks to explore the convergence between economics, security, finance, politics, energy, and demography, as nations and regions work to improve the lives of their citizens, enhance economic productivity, increase trade, and secure their territorial and ideological frontiers.

The CRGC seeks to support a clearer and more cogent understanding of the complex regional and global dynamics that shape alliances, partnerships and cooperation between nations and groups of nations. Chief among these is China’s Belt and Road Initiative – a grand strategic and shape shifting effort that is too frequently seen purely from a partisan lens.

CRGC’a latest product is the Dragon Road podcast – on China’s rise in the world.

Dragon Road

Arif Rafiq
Posted by Arif Rafiq
September 15, 2021

Episode 09 - B3W Vs BRI

The conversation for this week’s edition is centered around a comparison between the US backed B3W and China’s BRI.

Arif Rafiq
Posted by Arif Rafiq
August 30, 2021

Episode 08 - China in Afghanistan

This episode of Dragon Road discusses Chinese outreach towards the Taliban and more about the future of China in Afghanistan.

Arif Rafiq
Posted by Arif Rafiq
August 15, 2021

Episode 07 - China's Wolf Warriors

In this episode of Dragon Road, host Arif Rafiq discusses “wolf warrior” diplomacy with journalist and author of China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy, Peter Martin.

Arif Rafiq
Posted by Arif Rafiq
July 5, 2021

Episode 05 - String Of Pearls: Djibouti & Gwadar Part II

Tabadlab's Dragon Road · S01 E05 – String Of Pearls: Djibouti &...

Arif Rafiq
Posted by Arif Rafiq
June 25, 2021

Episode 04 - China's Strategic Strongpoints Part I

In the first of a two-part series, Arif Rafiq separates the various strands of the “String of Pearls” theory with Isaac B. Kardon.

Arif Rafiq
Posted by Arif Rafiq
June 18, 2021

Episode 03 - China's Digital Silk Road & the Tech Battle

In this episode of Dragon Road, Arif Rafiq speaks to Elina Noor about the emerging China-US rivalry in the digital space.

Arif Rafiq
Posted by Arif Rafiq
June 14, 2021

Episode 02 - The China-Iran Deal: Separating Myth From Reality

In the second episode of Dragon Road, host Arif Rafiq speaks to Dr. Bill Figueroa to help unpack the recently inked China-Iran deal.

Arif Rafiq
Posted by Arif Rafiq
June 3, 2021

Episode 01 - A new paradigm for global development? How China does aid

In this episode of Dragon Road, we are joined by Stella Hong Zhang to understand China’s recent white paper on aid called China's International Development Cooperation in the New Era.

Previous Work

Shahab Siddiqi
Posted by Shahab Siddiqi
April 22, 2020

Tabadlab Policy Roundtable 03: Covid-19, Peace and Afghanistan

You can download the e-reader friendly version here. How will COVID-19 impact...

Sajjad Hussain
Posted by Sajjad Hussain
September 26, 2019

How far is Afghanistan from peace with itself?

The sense of optimism has been replaced with dread

Ahyan Panjwani
Posted by Ahyan Panjwani
August 28, 2019

Pakistan’s Import Bill: What Pakistan Buys From Abroad And Why

Oil, cars, rubber, and toilet paper. Why Pakistan’s import bill keeps increasing.

Sayem Z. Ali
Posted by Sayem Z. Ali
July 11, 2019

Return to the Lender of Last Resort

Yes. It is possible to sustain higher GDP growth. Here’s how.

Umar Nadeem
Posted by Umar Nadeem
May 14, 2019

Belted on a Road to Debt?

An analysis of China’s debt management outcomes with over-extended countries.

Shahab Siddiqi
Posted by Shahab Siddiqi
April 28, 2019

What does the future look like for China and its friends?

Ivan Rasmussen, Assistant Professor at NYU-Shanghai

Sidra Reza
Posted by Sidra Reza
April 4, 2019

Story of China, then and now.

Ivan Rasmussen, Assistant Professor at NYU-Shanghai

Sidra Reza
Posted by Sidra Reza
February 14, 2019

China-Pakistan relationship

Andrew Small, author of "The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia's New Geopolitics

Sidra Reza
Posted by Sidra Reza
January 17, 2019

The future is Asian

Parag Khanna, renowned author and international relations expert