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The New Silk Road of China: The Middle East

Thursday 9 February 2017
WHAT's NEW!? Spring Lecture Series
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

The New Silk Road of China: The Middle East

The lecture addresses the role of the Middle East in the context of the tectonic geo-economic and geo-economic shifts unfolding at the global level, i.e., the retreat of the West and the rise of the rest (such as China). The EU is busy giving tactical responses to tactical problems (e.g. terrorism, the refugee crisis, Brexit). The US is no longer the main driving force behind globalization. China, together with India, is rising. The Middle East is looking eastward.

China is becoming increasingly active in the Middle East and elsewhere and rolling out global geo-economic initiatives. One such initiative by China is the New Silk Road (NSR), otherwise known as Belt and Road (B&R). It has been described as the present day iteration of the ancient Silk Road or the 21st century Marshall Plan. It involves more than 60 countries and more than two thirds of human population, including the major nations in the Middle East. This lecture will introduce the New Silk Road and focus on how this initiative affects and is affected by the Middle East.

Ali Khameini receives Xi JinPing in his house

About Mohammadbagher Forough

Mohammadbagher Forough

Dr. Mohammadbagher Forough is an assistant professor of International Relations at Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) at Leiden University. He is also a research associate at Clingendael Institute. His main two research areas are the New Silk Road of China (and its global/regional implications) and the Middle Eastern geopolitics.

This lecture is part of the WHAT's NEW?! Spring Lecture Series

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