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Richard Ghiasy

Pre-PhD candidate

Drs. R. Ghiasy MPA
+31 70 800 9512


'Richard Ghiasy’s research focuses on Asian geopolitics and geoeconomics, mostly revolving around China and India, and EU strategic interests in Asia. He has provided policy advice to inter alia the EEAS, European Commission, Ministries, the OSCE, and OECD. Frequently, his work has a conflict preventive nature. A persuasive speaker, in 2013 Richard presented at TEDx. He has also testified at the European Parliament and presents at the world's top 20 universities. Richard has developed a distinct cultural intelligence, honed by professional travel in over 75 countries during a career of 15 years—and by having been based in seven countries across Eurasia. He is a member of the Belt and Road Research Platform, and the Stockholm Observatory for Global China at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI).

Fields of interest

- Asian geo-politics and economics 
- China’s foreign policy
- Sino-Indian relations
- EU policy on Asia 
- Conflict prevention and resolution 
- Afghanistan 
- Belt and Road Initiative 


  • Master of Public Administration, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2013
  • Master of Business Administration, Wuhan University of Technology, 2006
  • BA International Economy, University of Westminster, 2003

Experience - Select

Feb 2020 -present
Lecturer: Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Leiden University, The Netherlands

Jul 2019-present
Senior fellow: Leiden University Asia Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands

Sep 2014 -present
Associate researcher: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Solna, Sweden

Presentations - Select

  • Oxford University, OSGA, China's foreign policy, (May), Oxford
  • IDSA, Asian Security Conference, Risks to Asian security, Delhi
  • EU Centre, Asian perspectives on the Belt and Road Initiative, Singapore
  • European Commission, Indo-Pacific maritime security, Haikou
  • Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foraus, China's foreign policy, Bern
  • Friends of Europe, Europe-China Policy & Practice Roundtable, Brussels

  • Dutch Ministry of Defense, Belt and Road security implications, The Hague
  • Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, South China Sea - Imagining a new Asian order 2020 to 2035, Manila


  • EUSR Central Asia, Central Asia Border Security Initiative, Vienna
  • EEAS, Chinese foreign policy and connectivity, Brussels
  • European Commission - European Political Strategy Centre, Silk Road Economic Belt, Brussels
  • OSCE, Expert seminar on current security challenges in Central Asia, Vienna
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, International workshops on connectivity in Eurasia
    and security implications for the EU, Manila, Delhi, Islamabad and Yangon
  • Columbia University, Central Asia, China and connectivity, Bishkek
  • New York University, Dialogue on Afghan security, Bishkek
  • Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President, 14th Annual Conference on the Security of Central Asia, Astana
  • University of Massachusetts, Rebuilding communities in conflict settings, Boston
  • United States Institute of Peace, Economic development and stability working group - Washington D.C.
  • Russian Ministry of Defence, Conference on International Security, Moscow
  • EU Delegation to India, EU-India Think Tank Conference, Delhi
  • Tsinghua University, Sino-Afghan Relations, Beijing
  • Chatham House, Opportunity in Crisis, London

Richard Live Presentations

Publications - Select

2019 'It’s time for a new model of international development', Friends of Europe, Global Governance Reform Series
  • 'China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Security implications and ways forward for the European Union', SIPRI Policy Brief
  • 2018 'The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road: Security implications and ways forward for the EU’ [with Su, F. and Saalman, L.], SIPRI Policy Report
  • 'Armed conflict in Asia and Oceania' [with Davis, I. and Su, F.], SIPRI  Yearbook, Chapter 2, Section II
  • 'The EU: Pondering strategic engagement with China's Belt and Road Initiative' [with Zhou, J.], SIPRI Topical Backgrounder
  • 'Security and economy on the Belt and Road: Three country case studies' [with Hallgren, H.], SIPRI Policy Brief
  • 'China-Pakistan corridor could help stabilize South Asia’, Nikkei Asian Review
  • 'The evolution of Russian geopolitical interests in Afghanistan: from opportunity to liability', Columbia University, Bishkek Project
  • ‘China–Russia relations and regional dynamics: from pivots to peripheral diplomacy’: Drivers to link the Eurasian Economic Union with the Silk Road
    Economic Belt', SIPRI Report
  • 'Political challenges and perspectives 2016–2019 in Afghanistan: Challenges & perspectives until 2020', European Parliament Report, pp.19–24
  • ‘The Silk Road Economic Belt – considering security implications and EU cooperation prospects’ [with Zhou, J.], SIPRI Policy Report
  • 'The Sustainable Development Goals and the challenges of relief and development in dangerous places', SIPRI Yearbook, Chapter 9, IV
  • 'Afghanistan’s economy,’ Routledge - Europa World Yearbook: South Asia
  • 'The Afghan private sector: Status and way forward' [with Zhou, J. and Hallgren, H.], SIPRI Report
  • 'Central Asia’s future: three powers, three visions' [with Mankoff, J.], The Diplomat
2014 'The Heart of Asia Process at a juncture: An analysis of impediments to further
progress' [with Saeedi, M.], AISS Report
2013 ‘China's developing world edge’ [with Mothe, S. and Pontemayor, F.], The Diplomat


Pre-PhD candidate

  • Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
  • Dual PhD Centre

Work address

Schouwburgstraat 2
2511 VA The Hague


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