Jonathan Black and Daleep Singh, the UK and U.S. G7 Sherpas, respectively, discuss the Build Back Better World (B3W) infrastructure initiative and the G7’s response to China’s Belt & Road Initiative, among other outcomes from the June 2021 summit.
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G7 leaders unveiled an initiative to support global infrastructure, launched as China’s Belt and Road Initiative pulls back. To succeed, the United States and its partners must design incentives that mobilize private capital and appeal to leaders in the developing world.
Covid-19 has boosted Asia-Europe rail freight traffic during 2020, as Chinese exports have soared amid the global economic slowdown. However, it remains to be seen if the surge in traffic and rise of emerging routes will endure after the pandemic recedes.
This report discusses key economic trends, emerging technologies, and strategic options for defending global networks through 2030.
Negotiations between North and South Korea have revived prospects for reconnecting the Korean peninsula. A critical aspect of connectivity is energy infrastructure, which will require analysis and technical planning to make the most of any future political openings. This series of case studies underscores the poor state of North Korea’s existing energy infrastructure, illustrates different models for delivering projects, and considers the strategic implications of different paths forward for the peninsula’s energy connections.