Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Muhammad Rakhmat

Title of thesis

Examining the Implications of the Silk Road Initiatives and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on China-GCC Relations


My research examines the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiatives and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in the Gulf. More precisely, I analyse to what extent these two initiatives can serve as China's hegemonic project in the region. I adopt the neo-Gramscian analytical framework to answer the research question.

Academic supervisors

  • Dr Elena Barabantseva
  • Dr Stuart Shields

Research interests

My primary academic interests are IPE, the rise of China, and China/ASEAN-Middle East relations. However, I am also interested in Indonesian politics and disability rights.


  • BA International Affairs, Qatar University, 2014 (Received an outstanding award from the Emir of Qatar)
  • MA International Politics, The University of Manchester, 2015


  • Rakhmat, M., (2017), "China's Media Foothold Expands to the Gulf," The Diplomat
  • Rakhmat, M., (2016), "China's Soft-Power in the Gulf," Gulf State Analytics."
  • Rakhmat, M., (2016), "China-Qatar Relations: Media, Culture, Education, and People," The Huffington Post.
  • Rakhmat, M. & Cafiero, G., (2016), "China Eyes Qatar in its Quest to Build a New Silk Road," The National Interests.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2016), "Qatar and the ASEAN Economic Community 2015" in Herrmann, Wilfried and Lehr, Peter. ASEAN Looks West: ASEAN and the Gulf Region, Bangkok: White Lotus Press.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2015), "China and the UAE: New Political Horizons," Middle East Institute.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2015), "China, Qatar, and RMB Internationalization," The Diplomat.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2015), "China Goes to Islamabad: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor," The Huffington Post.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2015), "The UAE and China's Thriving Partnership," Gulf State Analytics.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2015), "GCC and China Get Cozy on the Silk Road," Fair Observer.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2015), "China's Syria Talks: Greater Involvement in the Middle East?" The Huffington Post.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2014), "Why China Could Be Effective in the Middle East," The Diplomat.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2014), "China and Saudi Arabia breaks new friendly ground through education - and atomic energy," Your Middle East.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2014), "Exploring the China-Oman Relationship," The Diplomat.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2014), "China and Bahrain: Undocumented Growing Relationship," Fair Observer.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2014), "Why Is China Interested in a Volatile Yemen?" The Diplomat.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2014), "China makes political inroads to the Arab world," Middle East Eye.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2014), "China and Tunisia: A Quiet Partnership," The Diplomat.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2014), "Sino-Jordanian Ties: Growing in the Midst of Turmoil," The Diplomat.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2014), "China and Lebanon Ties: Slowly but Surely," The Diplomat.
  • Rakhmat, M., (2015), "What drives China's interests in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?" China Policy Institute.

I also regularly write featured articles and op-eds on China/ASEAN-Middle East relations, Indonesian politics, and disability rights. 

Contact details