China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the single largest infrastructure development project since the Marshall Plan with a scope and scale that has no precedent in modern history. The Silk Road Economic Belt facilitates the connectivity and integration of land regions in Central Asia, Africa, and Europe, while the 21st century Maritime Silk Road targets the maritime regions of Southeast and South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, and the Mediterranean.
In this talk, Dr Han Cheng will survey the expanding body of research on the BRI. He identifies three different understandings: the BRI as geopolitical discourse, as development project, and as everyday experience. Cheng argues that it is in this combined understanding of BRI’s multiple registers that a nuanced approach for critical engagement can be identified as the BRI edges to its second decade.
The talk will be followed by comments by Senior Researcher Elling Tjønneland (CMI).
The event is chaired by Post Doctoral Researcher Hang Zhou (CMI).