“For years to come, OBOR looks likely to be the toast of Western boardrooms.”

The Economist

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Ukraine’s Western Window

| By Jeffrey Mankoff and Jonathan Hillman

Several Russian-led infrastructure projects, coupled with the devastation wrought by the conflict with Russian-backed separatists in the Donbas region, risk turning Ukraine, historically a bridge between east and west, into an island.

Read the full piece in the Financial Times.

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Where Does China's Belt and Road Go?

| By Kerry Brown

The Belt and Road Initiative is principally an attempt to get China’s regional story right and manage this ambivalence in ways that stand in its favor. The idea is a large and ambitious one.

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The Scramble for Eurasia

| By Matthew P. Goodman, Jonathan E. Hillman

Since the rise of Europe’s colonial powers in the sixteenth century, Asia’s economic activity has been concentrated on its coastlines. But that could change as China, Japan, Russia and other regional powers connect Asia internally and with Europe by reaching across the Eurasian landmass.

Read the full National Interest article here.

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Failing to Bridge the Divide in Russia-Japan Relations

| By Dr. James D.J. Brown

Putin and Abe will meet at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 6-7, but several obstacles are likely to prevent a major breakthrough in infrastructure cooperation.

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In The News

Slow Trade due to China Slowdown, but BRI may help

Anti-globalization sentiment is not the main cause of weakening trade across the world, as a slowdown in China and the collapse of commodities prices are to blame, but Asia will ...

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European Business Call for Thai Government to Prioritize Kra Canal

Thailand's junta remains silent as European business leaders join together with Chinese government advisers and influential Thais to urge the Thailand's Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, to approve the ...

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Chinese High-Speed Rail in Southeast Asia

| By Agatha Kratz and Dr. Dragan Pavlićević

"I really like China" a diplomat told us a few months ago, "they are the only ones around with a plan for the 21st century." That plan – China’s Belt ...

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