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Dragon Road

A podcast brought to you by Tabadlab!

Tabadlab’s Dragon Road unpacks the multifaceted impact of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China’s expanding global footprint. 

Listen to investors, business leaders, policy-makers, academics and public intellectuals explain the numerous ways in which China’s economic and political power helps shape the markets and discourses in other parts of the world. 

If you are interested in dispassionate, evidence-based analysis that seeks to understand China’s role in the world better, join us, on 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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted by Arif Rafiq
July 5, 2021

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

About the Host

Arif Rafiq is president of Vizier Consulting, LLC, a political risk advisory company focused on the Middle East and South Asia. He is also a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute. Arif has conducted studies on the economic, political, and strategic implications of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). A frequent contributor to print and web publications, Arif has written for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The National Interest. In addition to this podcast, Arif is working with Tabadlab on a series of papers and policy roundtables focused on the role of China in the world.