Rafiq Dossani

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Director, RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy; Senior Economist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in finance, Northwestern University; M.B.A. in finance & economics, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta; B.A. in economics, St. Stephen's College, Delhi

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Rafiq Dossani is director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy, a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He works on education, finance, regional development, security, trade, and technology issues. Recent projects include China's grand strategy and its use of institutions, security in the Korean peninsula, the Belt and Road Initiative, Track II diplomacy between the United States and China, and Asia's democratization. 

Previously, Dossani was director of Stanford University's Center for South Asia and a senior research scholar at Stanford University's Institute for International Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in finance from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a B.A. in economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi.

Recent Projects

  • Democracy in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Implementing China's Grand Strategy in Asia Through Institutions
  • Demystifying the Belt and Road Initiative
  • Modes of Engagement with North Korea
  • Supporting the Development of a Vision and Strategic Plan for Zhejiang University's Academic Medical Center

Selected Publications

Foggin, J. Marc; Lechner, Alex M.; Emslie-Smith, Matthew; Hughes Alice C.; Sternberg, Troy; Dossani, Rafiq, "Promoting the Sustainable Development of Transport Corridors under the Belt and Road Initiative," Conservation Letters: A journal of the Society for Conservation Biology, 2021

R. Dossani, Engagement with North Korea, RAND (RR-A432-1), 2020

R. Dossani, P. Chen and C. Nelson, Supporting the Development of a Vision and Strategic Plan for Zhejiang University's Academic Medical Center, RAND Corporation (RR-2819), 2019

R. Dossani, Author / Institute for National Defense and Security Research, Editor, "Trade Relations between Taiwan and South Asia under the New Southbound Policy," Defense Strategy & Assessment Journal, 9(4), 2019

R. Dossani, "The Services Sector in India," Decision Journal, (v.45 (1)), 2018

R. Dossani, J.M.Foggin, M.E.Smith, A. Hughes and A.M.Lechner, Conservation Geopolitics: Envisioning the Future of the Belt and Road Initiative in the Mountains of Central Asia, Mountain Societies Research Institute, University of Central Asia, 2018

R. Dossani, M. Graf and E. Han, WIEFC – Recommendations for Developing an Innovation Cluster, The RAND Corporation (RR-2035), 2017

R. Dossani and S. W. Harold (eds), Maritime Issues in the East and South China Seas, The RAND Corporation (CF-358), 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Exemplary Peformance Award for lifetime scholastic contributions to South Asian studies, South Asian Studies Association

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: BBC News; Caixin, China; CNN; Talk Media News