Belt and Road Initiative: Geopolitical Analysis

The Belt and Road initiative is a convergence of China’s New Silk Road project to create land routes through Central Asia, linking Eurasia and Europe, with the New Maritime Silk Road initiative to build a network of ports and logistics in the Indian Ocean region.

This presentation analyses the geopolitics of the Belt and Road initiative in three steps. First, we look at how the initiative was developed and conceived. Then, we look at the development of a hub and spoke model developed by China linking regions and countries from Asia to Europe. Finally, we look at implications of the initiative for global politics and geopolitical theory.


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