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Guest Lecture Ambassador Ron Keller to Global Affairs Students

On Thursday 15 November, Ron Keller, former ambassador of the Netherlands to China, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia gave a guest lecture at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs.

Ambassador Keller lectured about China in the 21st Century; the economic boom and the challenges China currently faces. He taught about the Belt and Road initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Mr Keller engaged students in a discussion on how, as a reluctant superpower, China uses its economic might in its political relations with the rest of the world.


The lecture was given in the course Geo-Economics which is part of the Minor Global Affairs. Geo-Economics is taught for the first time this year by Frank Heemskerk. Heemskerk combines economic and political theory with his previous experiences as Executive Director of the World Bank, Minister for Foreign Trade, and in the banking world, to teach students on how economic instruments are used to produce geopolitical outcomes.

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