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The Belt and Road Initiative (Chinese: 一带一路) is a global infrastructure development strategy adopted by the Chinese government in 2013 to invest in nearly 70 countries and international organizations. It refers to the entire geographical area of the historic "Silk Road" trade route, which has been used in antiquity. More than 60% of the world's population and approximately 35% of the global economy might be affected by the time of the BRI’s planned completion in 2049. To date, more than 130 countries have issued endorsements, but there has also been concern over the project being a form of neocolonialism. Some analysts believe it t be a way to extend Chinese economic and political influence.

Most recently, the lines of analysis of the BRI have been excessively proliferating, which turns the topic into an unexpectedly broad field of research. It can be approached from at least six main angles:







Apart from that, experts have been formulating completely opposing opinions about each of these aspects. The thematic numer 3 of the GSC Newsletter aims to compress the diverse landscape of BRI research into a readable survey in order to present, in the most succinct fashion, a variety of aspects and analyses.
Please submit articles (max. 800 words) to until January 15 2022.

The GSC Newsletter is a peer-reviewed bi-annual publication publishing notes and short articles and thus a unique outlet for succinctly formulated arguments. It is published online and also sent out as a pdf. Enquiries please to

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