Great Power Clashes along the Maritime Silk Road: A book talk by Dr. Grant Rhode (March 20, 2024)

Join us as the International History Institute and the Center for the Study of Asia are pleased to present

Dr. Grant Rhode
(Senior Fellow, IHI and Research Affiliate, BUCSA)

Great Power Clashes along the Maritime Silk Road: Lessons from History to Shape Current Strategy

Wednesday March 20, 2024 from 5:00-6:30 pm
at 121 Bay State Road, Boston University

Free and open to the public.
Please register using the QR code so we can estimate seating and refreshments. 

Dr. James Bosbotinis, the book reviews editor for The Naval Review (the official journal of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy), has just published a favorable review of Dr. Rhode’s book, Great Power Clashes Along the Maritime Silk Road. According to the review, Rhode’s book “provides a highly interesting and informative read … It also features useful maps, charts and tables. This book will certainly appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of the Indo-Pacific region, its contemporary geopolitics, or the histories of the Ottoman Empire, India, China, Korea, or Japan.” 

About the speaker:

Grant Rhode teaches and conducts research at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He is Associate in Research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University and Faculty Affiliate of the China Maritime Studies Institute of the U.S. Naval War College. He has been a Visiting Scholar in Taiwan at both National Chengchi University and National Taiwan University. He trained in Chinese studies in the UK before his doctoral studies in Asian Diplomatic History and International Relations.

Dr. Rhode’s current research focuses on China’s role in historical and contemporary Eurasian maritime affairs. On the historical front, he is completing a book on Eurasian Maritime History for Global Strategists: Great Power Clashes along the Maritime Silk Road. On the contemporary front, he directs Boston University’s program series Assessing China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which most recently included a two-day USNWC-BU conference that explored the BRI on its 10th anniversary. In addition to his latest book Great Power Clashes Along the Maritime Silk Road, Dr. Rhode’s recent publications include “By Land and By Sea: China’s Belt and Road in Europe” (2019), “China, Global History, and the Sea” (2020), “Mongol Invasions of Northeast Asia: Korea and Japan” (2020), “China’s Emergence as a Power in the Mediterranean: Port Diplomacy and Active Engagement” (2021), “Tasting Gall: Chiang Kai-Shek and China’s War with Japan” (2021), and “Shi Lang’s Amphibious Conquest of Taiwan in 1683” (2021).

Recent teaching includes the following courses:

Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University
The Sea in International Relations
International Relations of the Asia-Pacific Region

U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island
Eurasian Maritime History for Global Strategists
Taiwan: Transformation and Geopolitics
Asian Maritime History and Current Disputes
Strategy and War