STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS: US-China Strategic Competition and the BRI, with Min Ye and Joshua Shifrinson (Feb. 19, 2021)

The next lecture in the series Assessing China’s Belt and Road Initiative will present

“US-China Strategic Competition and the BRI”

Speaker: Min Ye; Discussant: Joshua Shifrinson

Co-hosts: BU Center for Study of Asia, and the
Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future

Friday, February 19, 2021, 9-10 a.m. EST

Strategic Implications recommended reading , Ye, pp. 1-23

About the speaker: 

Min Ye is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University.  Her research situates in the nexus between domestic and global politics and the intersection of economics and security, with a focus on China, India, and regional relations.

Her publications include The Belt, Road and Beyond: State-Mobilized Globalization in China 1998 — 2018 (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Diasporas and Foreign Direct Investment in China and India (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and The Making of Northeast Asia (with Kent Calder, Stanford University Press, 2010).  Among her journal articles, there are “Adapting or Atrophying: China’s Belt and Road after the Covid Pandemic,” (Asia Policy 24.1 2021), “Thucydides’s Trap, Clash of Civilizations or Divided Peace? Great Power Politics from TPP to BRI to FOIP” (JPWS 2, 2020); “Fragmentation and Mobilization: Domestic Politics of China’s Belt and Road Initiative” (JCC 28.119, 2019); “The Utility and Conditions of Diffusion by Diasporas: Exploring Foreign Direct Investment in China and India” (JEAS 12.2, 2016); “China and Competing Cooperation in Asia Pacific: TPP, RCEP and the New Silk Road” (Asian Security 11.3, 2015). In addition, she has published policy briefs on China’s BRI, nationalism, economic planning, Asian regionalism, and China-India comparison, etc.

Min Ye has received grants and fellowship in the U.S and Asia, including a Smith Richardson Foundation grant (2016-2018), East Asia Peace, Prosperity, and Governance Fellowship (2013), Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program post-doctoral fellowship (2009-2010), and Millennium Education Scholarship in Japan (2006).  For 2014-2016, the National Committee on the U.S-China Relations selected Min Ye as a Public Intellectual Program fellow. In 2020, Ye was selected as the Rosenberg Scholar of East Asian Studies at Suffolk University.

Professor Ye’s areas of expertise include Chinese political economy, China and India comparison, East Asian international relations, and globalization with focuses on transnational immigration and foreign investment.

About the discussant: 

Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Pardee School. His teaching and research interests focus on the intersection of international security and diplomatic history, particularly the rise and fall of great powers and the origins of grand strategy.  He has special expertise in great power politics since 1945 and U.S. engagement in Europe and Asia.

Shifrinson’s first book, Rising Titans, Falling Giants: How Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts (Cornell University Press, 2018) builds on extensive archival research focused on U.S. and Soviet foreign policy after 1945 to explain why some rising states challenge and prey upon declining great powers, while others seek to support and cooperate with declining states. He has additional related projects on U.S. grand strategy, the durability of NATO, U.S. relations with its allies during and after the Cold War, and the rise of China. His work has appeared with International Security, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Affairs, and other venues.  His next major project examines American foreign policy in the 1990s and early 2000s to explain how great powers try to stop challengers from emerging.

Shifrinson earned a B.A. from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The recipient of fellowships from the Dickey Center, the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, and the Belfer Center, Shifrinson was an Assistant Professor Government at Texas A&M University prior to joining Pardee. At Boston University, he teaches classes on international relations theory, U.S. grand strategy, alliance politics, and security studies.

Professor Shifrinson’s areas of expertise include international security, U.S. foreign policy, Cold War history, grand strategy, rising powers, Western Europe, Russia, and NATO.

Additional information can be found on his personal website.

This presentation is part of the virtual conference series  “Assessing China’s Belt and Road Initiative,” hosted by The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and its affiliated regional centers,  which examines the economic, social, political, and security impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

For the full series poster with live links to speaker biographies and suggested readings, and to register for each event, click here BRI Spring 2021 Presentation Series poster 1.19.21a

Upcoming talks in this Friday Talk Series during the Spring Semester 2021, moderated by Grant Rhode, include:

LATIN AMERICA: “Is China’s New Silk Road Lending a Helping Hand in Latin America’s Current Crisis?”
Speaker: Jorge Heine; Discussant: Kevin Gallagher
Co-hosts: Center for Latin American Studies, Global Development Policy Center
Friday, March 5, 2021, 9-10 a.m. EST
Latin America recommended reading, Heine

SOUTHEAST ASIA: “Rivers of Iron: Railroads and Chinese Power in Southeast Asia
Speaker: David M. Lampton; Discussant: Joseph Fewsmith
Co-Hosts: Center for the Study of Asia, Global Development Policy Center
Friday, March 12, 2021, 9-10 a.m. EST
Southeast Asia recommended reading, Lampton, chapter 1

NORTHEAST ASIA: “BRI Lessons from Japan: From Flying Geese to Partnership for Quality Infrastructure”
Speaker: William Grimes; Discussant: Bart Edes
Host: Center for the Study of Asia
Friday, March 19, 2021, 9-10 a.m. EDT
Northeast Asia recommended reading, Grimes
Northeast Asia second reading, Edes

AFRICA: “African Debt Relief with Chinese Characteristics”
Speakers: Deborah Brautigam, Kevin Acker; Discussant: Yan Wang
Co-hosts: African Studies Center, Global Development Policy Center
Friday, April 2, 2021, 9-10 a.m. EDT
Africa recommended reading, Brautigam, Acker, and Huang
Africa second reading, Gallagher, Wang

EUROPE: “Italy and Greece: Two Case Studies for Chinese Involvement in Southern Europe”
Speaker: Philippe Le Corre; Discussants: Vesko Garcevic, Dimitrios Skiadas
Host: Center for the Study of Europe
Friday, April 16, 2021, 9-10 a.m. EDT
Europe recommended reading, Le Corre
Europe second reading, Le Corre

Following is a list of the videos recorded to date in this series.  To see a video, click on one of the following links, or scroll down to select a video accompanied by an event description. The Pardee School will add new videos to this page as related events take place.

Event Videos, most recent at top of list

  • Kent Calder on Super Continent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration (event date December 4, 2020) – Video will be available soon

During this event – hosted by the Center for the Study of Asia on Dec 4, 2020 – Kent Calder, Reischauer Professor of East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, discussed his book Super Continent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration highlighting the BRI within the context of other trends toward Eurasian integration. Discussant: Min Ye; Moderator: William Grimes

During this event – hosted by the Center for the Study of Europe on Oct 13, 2020 –  Jonathan Hillman, Senior Fellow and Director of the Reconnecting Asia program at CSIS, presented his new book, The Emperor’s New Road: China and the Project of the Century, and highlighted Europe in China’s Belt and Road, impacts on the ground, and the road ahead. Discussants: Philippe Le Corre and Min Ye.

During this event – hosted by the Center for the Study of Asia on August 12, 2020 –  Min Ye, Associate Professor of International Relations at the Pardee School, presented her new book, The Belt, Road and Beyond: State-Mobilized Globalization in China 1998-2018, which highlights historic precedents and the Chinese domestic foundation of the BRI. Interview by Grant Rhode.