Ye Wins Smith Richardson Grant


Min Ye, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, has won an International Security and Foreign Policy Fellowship from the Smith Richardson Foundation. The award was announced this week.

I am absolutely thrilled with the grant,” said Ye. “It will support field research in Beijing, Chinese localities along the Silk Road, and Kazakhstan and Pakistan.”

Ye won the grant to support a research project entitled ‘Rising China’s Rising Strategy: New Silk Road, Domestic Sources, and Regional Impacts.’

A big question looming large in international relations is how China will use its newfound wealth and power in the coming decades.” Ye said. “My research asks three sets of questions: First, what is the new silk road strategy? Who are the main drivers? Second, what are the local interest in the new Silk Road? How is it being implemented in the localities in China? Third, how is the new Silk Road influencing economics and politics in central and South Asia?”

Ye said she hoped her research would map out the ideas and interests of Chinese ruling elites that shape China’s rising strategy, as well as investigate the roles of local governments and business actors in the implementation of the Silk Road.

“With Smith Richardson Foundation’s financial support, I can conduct multi-city, multi-country research and offer important findings to help us answer these questions,” Ye said. “By conducing research and working with Chinese officials, business communities, and groups in China and the neighboring countries, I also hope to build policy and scholarly networks that help the Asian region benefit from rising China and help China’s rise be relatively stable and peaceful.”

The objective of the Smith Richardson International Security and Foreign Policy Program is to assist the U.S. policy community in developing effective national security strategies and foreign policies. The Foundation is committed to supporting projects that help the policy community face the fundamental challenge of ensuring the security of the United States, protecting and promoting American interests and values abroad, and enhancing international order.

In addition to serving as the Academic Coordinator for the Asian Studies Program at the Pardee School, Ye  is the author of Diasporas and Foreign Direct Investment in China and India (Cambridge University Press, 2014).  She was selected as a Public Intellectual Program fellow by the National Committee on the U.S-China Relations, as well as being the recipient of the East Asia Peace, Prosperity, and Governance fellowship. Learn more about her here.