Sophie Zinser

Sophie Zinser

Sophie Zinser is a researcher focusing on forced labour and China's role in the Middle East, South and Central Asia. She has worked with refugees and migrants on developing community-focused policy solutions for five years across the Middle East and Asia.

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Opinion | For the UAE, China’s vaccine diplomacy is a stepping stone to its own geopolitical ambitions in the region

Far from being a passive recipient, the United Arab Emirates plans to make and distribute vaccines as a regional hub, extending its own vaccine diplomacy. Its vaccine push also benefits its economic plans and tourism.

Far from being a passive recipient, the United Arab Emirates plans to make and distribute vaccines as a regional hub, extending its own vaccine diplomacy. Its vaccine push also benefits its economic plans and tourism.

5 Mar 2021 - 9:15AM
The View | Embrace sustainable, circular economy to end demand for forced labour

Embracing a circular economy is a multi-trillion-dollar opportunity to design out waste and pollution, keep materials in use and regenerate natural systems. If done correctly, a circular economy can combat forced labour through professionalising a largely informal workforce – a valuable step towards eradicating modern slavery once and for all.

Embracing a circular economy is a multi-trillion-dollar opportunity to design out waste and pollution, keep materials in use and regenerate natural systems. If done correctly, a circular economy can combat forced labour through professionalising a largely informal workforce – a valuable step towards eradicating modern slavery once and for all.

14 Jan 2021 - 12:17AM
Opinion | Will China lead a Middle East alliance as US-Iran tensions escalate?

In addition to growing investments in the region, China has proposed a Middle East forum to resolve long-standing issues. But past experience shows Beijing may be more concerned about appearing diplomatic than actually advancing a political agenda.

In addition to growing investments in the region, China has proposed a Middle East forum to resolve long-standing issues. But past experience shows Beijing may be more concerned about appearing diplomatic than actually advancing a political agenda.

7 Dec 2020 - 2:44AM
Opinion | How China can turn its carbon-neutral pledge into reality – and benefit its economy

China must not only embed its bold commitment into its five-year plan and consistently implement it, but also more aggressively green its belt and road investments.

China must not only embed its bold commitment into its five-year plan and consistently implement it, but also more aggressively green its belt and road investments.

9 Dec 2020 - 5:49PM
Eye on Asia | Investing in Indian health care will bolster AIIB’s global ambition

Given Sino-India tensions, if AIIB agrees to finance India’s ambitious health sector overhaul, it would distance it from Beijing’s foreign policy goals. It could also set a precedent for development banks to lead the financing of health care reforms across Asia.

Given Sino-India tensions, if AIIB agrees to finance India’s ambitious health sector overhaul, it would distance it from Beijing’s foreign policy goals. It could also set a precedent for development banks to lead the financing of health care reforms across Asia.

16 Aug 2020 - 10:26PM
Opinion | Covid-19 is making millions of domestic workers more vulnerable. Tech can help

As Covid-19 spurs policy shifts, governments have a rare opportunity to recalibrate policies and better understand the obstacles facing migrant domestic workers. Some apps are trying to prevent harmful working conditions in the first place.

As Covid-19 spurs policy shifts, governments have a rare opportunity to recalibrate policies and better understand the obstacles facing migrant domestic workers. Some apps are trying to prevent harmful working conditions in the first place.

26 Jul 2020 - 8:43PM