Raffaello Pantucci

Raffaello Pantucci

Raffaello is a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore. His work focuses on terrorism, counter-terrorism and China's Eurasian relations. He is founder of chinaincentralasia.com and most of his work can be found at raffaellopantucci.com. He spends a good portion of his time traversing the Eurasian continent seeking understanding about the new continental dynamics.

Latest from Raffaello Pantucci

Opinion | Beijing faces a perfect storm as the world turns against its narrative amid rising nationalism, leaving it no room for compromise

In the face of growing global criticism, Beijing may be painting itself into a corner with its narratives, which fuel an increasingly angry nativism in China, forcing it to take the dangerous path of doubling down on confrontations.

16 May 2020 - 11:31AM

In the face of growing global criticism, Beijing may be painting itself into a corner with its narratives, which fuel an increasingly angry nativism in China, forcing it to take the dangerous path of doubling down on confrontations.

Beijing faces a perfect storm as the world turns against its narrative amid rising nationalism, leaving it no room for compromise
Opinion | How China’s coronavirus medical diplomacy is failing to win over the world

Forget Pax Sinica, China’s medical outreach is failing. Even though Russia and Iran, its closest allies, may be on the same page, underlying tensions remain. There is a global leadership gap but Beijing is not filling it.

4 Apr 2020 - 3:53AM

Forget Pax Sinica, China’s medical outreach is failing. Even though Russia and Iran, its closest allies, may be on the same page, underlying tensions remain. There is a global leadership gap but Beijing is not filling it.

How China’s coronavirus medical diplomacy is failing to win over the world
Opinion | Is China getting real with its grandiose visions for the belt and road?

Beijing is toning down its rhetoric for the grand plan and rethinking its massive international infrastructure programme, Raffaello Pantucci writes.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:25PM

Beijing is toning down its rhetoric for the grand plan and rethinking its massive international infrastructure programme, Raffaello Pantucci writes.

Is China getting real with its grandiose visions for the belt and road?
Opinion | Why Iran has got China wrong: Beijing will follow its own playbook in countering the US-led West

While regional players like Iran seek to bring China into the conversation, Beijing continues to rely on the rhetoric of non-interference. Its single-minded focus on its own interests will see China become stronger.

26 Sep 2019 - 11:29AM

While regional players like Iran seek to bring China into the conversation, Beijing continues to rely on the rhetoric of non-interference. Its single-minded focus on its own interests will see China become stronger.

Why Iran has got China wrong: Beijing will follow its own playbook in countering the US-led West
Opinion | Time for South Asia to more closely monitor regional terrorism with global reach

Raffaello Pantucci writes that growing regional anger must be kept from spiralling out of control and creating broader havoc.

22 May 2019 - 2:26AM

Raffaello Pantucci writes that growing regional anger must be kept from spiralling out of control and creating broader havoc.

Time for South Asia to more closely monitor regional terrorism with global reach
Opinion | Does Beijing grasp the portent of embracing Afghanistan and the Taliban?

Raffaello Pantucci says it is not clear that Beijing fully appreciates the role it is taking on by trying to broker peace in strife-torn Afghanistan and getting a Taliban-inclusive political structure in place.

10 Feb 2019 - 10:19AM

Raffaello Pantucci says it is not clear that Beijing fully appreciates the role it is taking on by trying to broker peace in strife-torn Afghanistan and getting a Taliban-inclusive political structure in place.

Does Beijing grasp the portent of embracing Afghanistan and the Taliban?
Unbuckling China’s belt and road plan will not be easy for Western powers
The lesson of the Pakistan suicide attack: China will have to pay a high price for its infrastructure plan
Why developing countries can’t resist joining China’s massive infrastructure plan
From China to Central Asia, a regional security bloc’s long, slow march towards an alternative world order
How Beijing, Delhi and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor could reshape global foreign policy in Asia
Time China met its promises and took leading role in Afghanistan
Opinion: China can cope with any bumps along the way on ‘Belt and Road’
China should beware of ‘returning radicals’ whether they come home or not
China must get along with regional powers to make its New Silk Road plan work
‘Why China must do more to fight international terrorism’
Is China prepared for a new mantle in Central Asia amid the roll-out of its belt and road?
Why Eurasia will suffer if Donald Trump makes an enemy of China
China’s new silk road is designed to cut Russia out of Eurasian trade
Russia holds the door to Central Asia open for China
China relishes its new role fostering regional cooperation

The Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, which begins today in Shanghai, largely passes unnoticed most years. 

20 May 2014 - 4:02AM

The Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, which begins today in Shanghai, largely passes unnoticed most years. 

China relishes its new role fostering regional cooperation
Shared concerns mask China's unease over Russia's action in Ukraine

Various Russian media outlets have loudly and repeatedly declared that China supports Moscow's view on Ukraine. In a recent interview, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov characterised China as "our very close partners" with whom he has no doubts.

7 Apr 2014 - 2:40AM

Various Russian media outlets have loudly and repeatedly declared that China supports Moscow's view on Ukraine. In a recent interview, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov characterised China as "our very close partners" with whom he has no doubts.

Shared concerns mask China's unease over Russia's action in Ukraine
China and Russia are no more than allies of convenience
Xinjiang violence a sad indictment of Beijing's policy

It is proving to be another hot and violent summer in Xinjiang . In quick succession, incidents of violence have erupted across the autonomous region, leading to double-digit casualties. Beijing seems torn between blaming the incidents on foreign terrorists and pointing the finger at domestic turmoil, a focus that ultimately misses the point that whatever is being done to fix the region's problems is not working.

3 Jul 2013 - 4:52AM

It is proving to be another hot and violent summer in Xinjiang . In quick succession, incidents of violence have erupted across the autonomous region, leading to double-digit casualties. Beijing seems torn between blaming the incidents on foreign terrorists and pointing the finger at domestic turmoil, a focus that ultimately misses the point that whatever is being done to fix the region's problems is not working.

Xinjiang violence a sad indictment of Beijing's policy