Interview with Raffaello Pantucci, Director of International Security Studies at RUSI, IBBC Cumberland Lodge Retreat 2018

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Raffaello Pantucci, Director of International Relations at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), discusses in detail the impact of China’s economic and foreign policy in Iraq and the wider Middle East. Revolving around China’s 1,2,3 policy of Energy, Infrastructure and future Tech developments, Raffaello explains Iraq’s incorporation into China’s Belt & Road initiative and predicts an increase in the involvement of Chinese companies in Iraq. Raffaello discusses the influence of Chinese sponsored infrastructure projects, as well as taking a cautionary note on the issue of debt accumulation to the Chinese government, seen in other countries. Raffaello also explains how British and international companies can work in tandem with Chinese firms by contributing their unique, specialist services in future infrastructure, construction and energy projects. China’s presence in the Middle East is growing Raffaello explains, and more Chinese projects in Iraq are predicted in the years to come.