Grant Rhode delivers keynote address at “China’s Belt and Road Initiative” symposium at Bridgewater State University

Grant Rhode, Boston University Center for the Study of Asia Visiting Researcher, delivered a keynote address at the Bridgewater State University Forum China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Development Opportunities and Challenges, held April 7, 2022. The purpose of the Forum was to discuss the current state of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with a focus on developing international opportunities that are more equivalent, balanced, and sustainable.

The faculty and student panels during the conference focused on regional cases including Egypt and the Suez Canal, the two Koreas, Pakistan and Gwadar port, the Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and Jordan, and on topical subjects including analysis of Chinese investment patterns in the Middle East and global media framing of the BRI. Dr. Rhode’s keynote contribution provided an overview and progress report regarding important aspects of the BRI over the first eight years of its implementation.

Rhode’s keynote included a survey of his own field observations across Eurasia and the Americas, and a review of the fifteen presentations made at Boston University’s 2021 seminar program Assessing China’s Belt and Road Initiative: A Pardee School Series. This series he directed examines the economic, social, political, and security impacts of the BRI across the world’s regions. Rhode concluded with remarks comparing the BRI (2013) with emerging competing initiatives including Japan’s Partnership for Quality Infrastructure (PQI, 2015), the American Build Back Better World (B3W, 2021) initiative, and the European Global Gateway (2021) initiative. Potential impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the current Ukraine crisis were considered.

Dr. Grant Rhode is a Visiting Researcher at the Center for the Study of Asia and a Senior Lecturer at the Pardee School of Global Studies, where he is currently teaching Diplomacy & Statecraft.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the U.S. Naval War College and an Associate in Research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.

Read more about Dr. Rhode on his faculty profile.