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Development and Security Perceptions Along the Belt and Road

Development and Security Perceptions Along the Belt and Road

International Affairs

Introduction The idea of the Silk Road to China has been intriguing humanity for more than 2000 years. The routes and roots of silk, one of China’s most important exports historically, has not only connected China to Central Asia and the Arab world but has defined China’s destiny. Today,...

30 Jan 2019

Eurasia on the Edge and its Global Meaning: The What, Why, and How of Eurasian Security

Eurasia on the Edge and its Global Meaning: The What, Why, and How of Eurasian Security

International Affairs

Eurasia is a paradox. Although it contains a myriad of landlocked borderlands, the region is becoming a hub for international transactions. Seemingly trapped by its geographic location, it is becoming central to the world’s connectivity projects, with China’s New Silk Road (the Belt and Road Initiative) and Russia’s project...

02 Jan 2019

Mapping the Belt and Road Initiative: Geography and Architecture

Mapping the Belt and Road Initiative: Geography and Architecture

International Affairs

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a large-scale international cooperation project which was announced by the Chinese government in 2013. This grand project aims to improve international cooperation across regions and continents, linking together more than 60 countries and (re)creating both maritime (the “belt”) and terrestrial (“the road”)...

06 Sep 2018

Gulf-Europe Relations Face an Uncertain Future

Gulf-Europe Relations Face an Uncertain Future

International Affairs

It is not very clear where the Gulf region stands on the European foreign policy agenda.  There stands a number of factors preventing the EU from taking a more defined stance in relation to the GCC.  There is a fundamental matter of norm divergence where the EU’s stance on...

16 Aug 2017