The Belt and Road Initiative Revisited
28 Jan 2021 15:30 - 17:00
Bron: LeidenAsiaCentre

This event is organised by the LeidenAsiaCentre. Please register here. Frans-Paul van der Putten, Sanne van der Lugt and Mamad Forough of the Clingendael Institute will be speakers. 

On January 28, the LeidenAsiaCentre organises an interactive discussion on the role of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China’s current geopolitical ambitions and how this initiative is being shaped in different regions around the world, inspired by the book 'Global Perspectives on China’s Belt and Road Initiative'Join us (online) for this session at De Balie, where our regional experts will discuss with each other and with the audience how recent developments, including the pandemic and changing local attitudes, affect the ways in which the BRI is unfolding. Register for free to receive the link for this online event (the link will be shared by email a few days before the start of the event).

A team of 12 researchers, brought together by the LeidenAsiaCentre, has taken a global perspective in assessing how the most influential investment initiative in recent memory, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), has developed since its start in 2013. This globe-spanning strategy has reshaped local economies and regional networks, and has become a contested subject for scholars and practitioners alike. How should we make sense of the complex interactions that the BRI has enabled? Understanding these processes requires truly global perspectives alongside careful attention to the role that local actors play in giving shape to individual BRI projects. This assessment has resulted in the edited volume “Global Perspectives on China’s Belt and Road Initiative“, which will be published open access on the same day by Amsterdam University Press (AUP).


  • Dr. Frans-Paul van der Putten (Clingendael Institute)
  • Dr. Sanne van der Lugt (LeidenAsiaCentre/Clingendael Institute)
  • Dr. Mamad Forough ((LeidenAsiaCentre/Clingendael Institute)
  • Dr. Florian Schneider (LeidenAsiaCentre/Leiden University)
  • Dr. Cheng-Chwee Kuik (National University of Malaysia)
  • Dr. Matt Ferchen (LeidenAsiaCentre/MERICS)

Moderator: Lily Sprangers (LeidenAsiaCentre)


Register here to receive the link to the event.