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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
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.

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.