Selected Commentaries

“China and the Middle East: From Performative to Substantive Participation in Regional Affairs?,” Manara Magazine, March 13, 2023, link.

“China and the United States in the Middle East: Policy Continuity Amid Changing Competition,” Middle East Institute, January 9, 2023, link.

“Il dossier Difesa nel perimetro del Pcc” [The Chinese Communist Party and defense policy], Formiche, October 2022, link [in Italian, behind paywall].

“Understanding China’s relations with the Middle East,” East Asia Forum, April 5, 2022, link.

“Continuity and Change in China’s Strategy to Protect Its Interests Overseas,” War on the Rocks, August 4, 2021, link.

“Syria’s ‘China Dream’: Between the Narratives and Realities,” King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, September 15, 2019, link. With Mohammed Al-Sudairi.

“China and the Middle East: Growing Influence and Divergent Perceptions,” Middle East Institute, April 17, 2018, link.

“The Domestic Drive behind China’s Belt and Road Initiative,” Asia Dialogue, June 17, 2017, link.

“China’s Mediterranean Interests and Challenges,” The Diplomat, May 1, 2017. link.

“The PLAN: Steaming in modern Asia, Exploring a Post-modern World,” The Interpreter, June 15, 2016. link.

“Growing Overlap Between Counter-Terrorism and Overseas Interest Protection Acts as New Driver of Chinese Strategy,” China Brief, Vol.16, No. 9, pp. 15-8. Link.

“China’s First Overseas Base in Djibouti: An Enabler for its Middle East Policy,” China Brief, Vol.16, No. 2, pp. 6-9. Link.

“The Belt, the Road and the PLA,” China Brief, Vol. 20, No. 15, pp. 14-7. Link.

“China and the Middle East Security Puzzle,” The Diplomat, May 7, 2015, link.

“Could Iraq Be Another Libya for China?” The Diplomat, June 24, 2014, link.