Book publication: Global Perspectives on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Amsterdam University Press has published a new LeidenAsiaCentre edited volume. Global Perspectives on China’s Belt and Road Initiative – Asserting Agency through Regional Connectivity (edited by Florian Schneider) is now online available open access, or can be purchased as a hardcover.

The book will form the basis for the discussion during our live event The Belt and Road Revisited on January 28 from 15:30-17:00. Click here to register for free for this event.

“The year 2013 saw the launch of the largest, most influential investment initiative in recent memory: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This globe-spanning strategy has reshaped local economies and regional networks, and it 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. The contributions in Global Perspectives on China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Asserting Agency through Regional Connectivity provide both ‘big picture’ assessments of China’s role in regional and global interactions and detailed case studies that home in on the role agency plays in BRI dynamics. Written by leading area studies scholars with diverse disciplinary expertise, this book reveals how Chinese efforts to recalibrate the world are taken up, challenged, revamped, and reworked in diverse contexts around the world.”

This edited volume is the culmination of the LeidenAsiaCentre project “Global Perspectives on the Belt and Road Initiative“, which started in 2019. It contains contributions by:

Dr. Florian Schneider (LeidenAsiaCentre/Leiden University), Dr. Mamad Forough (LeidenAsiaCentre), Dr. Ingrid d’Hooghe (LeidenAsiaCentre/Clingendael Institute), Dr. Frans-Paul van der Putten (LeidenAsiaCentre/Clingendael Institute), Mirela Pektova (Clingendael Institute), Dr. Ruben Gonzalez Vicente (LeidenAsiaCentre/Leiden University), Dr. Irma Johanna Mosquera Valderrama (LeidenAsiaCentre/Universiteit Leiden), Dr. Wang Jue (LeidenAsiaCentre/Universiteit Leiden), Dr. Michael Sampson (LeidenAsiaCentre/Universiteit Leiden), Dr. Matt Ferchen (MERICS), Dr. Cheng-Chwee Kuik (National University of Malaysia), Dr. Stacey Links (LeidenAsiaCentre/Leiden University), Dr. Sanne van der Lugt (LeidenAsiaCentre/Clingendael Institute), Dr. Richard Ghiasy (LeidenAsiaCentre/Leiden University).

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