Belt & Road in Global Perspective
Port with cranes and multi-coloured containers

Belt & Road in Global Perspective

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Belt & Road in Global Perspective

The Belt and Road in Global Perspective (BRGP) aims to take stock of the rapidly developing and widely varying changes that are occurring in the wake of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It brings scholarly expertise to bear to understand these potentially massive transformations underway across Asia and Eurasia. Our project is part of a burgeoning partnership between the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy (University of Toronto), Nazarbayev University, and National University Singapore. The partnership is designed to develop collaborative, multi-disciplinary research projects that examine the myriad downstream effects of the ambitious BRI.

Since Xi Jinping unveiled the “One Belt, One Road” strategy in 2013 in Kazakhstan, China has pledged nearly USD 1 trillion in development assistance and infrastructure spending in more than 60 countries. This massive and multi-faceted project—since renamed the BRI—has set in motion social, economic, and political transformations with the potential to reshape the globe.

Launched on a massive scale and with surprising speed, the BRI has to date spawned little research on the projects that will be constructed under its name. Still less research has explored the downstream social, political, and economic ramifications that these projects generate. With ventures underway across Eurasia, Asia, and beyond, many areas—including labor relations, migration patterns, and social mobilization, to name a few—have already begun to shift. Since further change will become visible in the future, the Belt & Road in Global Perspective seeks to put scholars into conversation with each other to take stock of these transformations as they develop.

Supported by a grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as well as the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, our project welcomes you.