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.