This blog is dedicated to examining China’s evolving influence and role in Central Asia. It was first established in 2011 to showcase the work of its original co-founders on this topic, part of a book project that is still ongoing. Now, the site serves as a hub for research and writing on China in broader Central Asia and we accept submissions of original research and writing on this topic. We also seek to deepen our links to other excellent sources of research and writing on wider Central Asia.
The site is managed and edited by:
Raffaello Pantucci is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, and co-founder of this blog. A widely published author, his writing on China, Central Asia, terrorism and more can be found at raffaellopantucci.com. He is the author of the forthcoming We Love Death As You Love Life: Britain’s Suburban Mujahedeen (Hurst/Columbia University Press). You can also follow him on Twitter @raffpantucci.
Sarah Lain is a Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London. She was formerly with the corporate intelligence team at KPMG, working on integrity due diligence, fraud investigations and anti-bribery and corruption risk assessments, with a focus on Russia and the CIS. Prior to KPMG, Sarah was also an associate consultant with Control Risks. Having lived in Ukraine and Russia, she is fluent in Russian.
Sue Anne Tay is a Global Director at Young China Watchers (YCW) and former strategy executive at HSBC China covering strategic planning, macroeconomic and banking research. She is also a photographer and author of Shanghai Street Stories, which documents urbanization trends and heritage architecture in Shanghai. Her work on China and Central Asia has been widely published in The Guardian, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Asia Society amongst others.
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