From China to Europe: Micro and Macro Dynamics of the New Silk Road

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
5:30pm - 7:00pm
East Asian Student Lounge, Kent 403

Please join the Inner Asia Curriculum Development program, the Harriman Institute, and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute for a panel discussion on the New Silk Road.

Anastas Vangeli, Polish Academy of Sciences (political sciences)
Rune Steenberg, Columbia University (anthropology)
Vasilis Trigkas, Tsinghua University and Columbia University (economy)
Moderator: Hannah WangSchool of Economics and Management - Tsinghua University
Chair: Robert Barnett, Columbia University

With President Xi Jinping’s Striving for Achievement Foreign Policy Reform China has started to engage much more strongly with Central Asia and Europe. This has wide political and economic implications for the whole world. The most prominent and grandest of the Chinese governments’ policies is the One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR).

This interdisciplinary panel takes a look at the developments by bringing together macro perspective economic and political analyses with micro scale anthropological observations of some of the actual effects to people on the ground.

What is the grand design? How does it affect local communities? A special focus will be placed on Eastern Europe and Kashgar, Xinjiang, PRC.