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The New Silk Road Is Old: Why You Should Ignore Belt and Road Initiative Maps
May 25, 2018

The New Silk Road Is Old: Why You Should Ignore Belt and Road Initiative Maps

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Looking for good publications on the Belt and Road Initiative? Ignore the ones with maps. (Well, maybe not all.)

China's Window of Opportunity in the South China Sea
July 26, 2017

China's Window of Opportunity in the South China Sea

By Xue Li and Cheng Zhangxi
Domestic and international stars have aligned to give China a chance to put forward a solution.
The Real Trouble With China’s Belt and Road
May 11, 2017

The Real Trouble With China’s Belt and Road

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Though Beijing has made inroads in addressing some concerns, the true structural challenges for the initiative remain. 

China's Road to Closer Ties With Russia
August 03, 2016

China's Road to Closer Ties With Russia

By Johannes Feige
Beijing's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative appears to be an important part of its burgeoning ties with Moscow.

The South China Sea Won't Stop China-ASEAN Economic Ties
July 07, 2016

The South China Sea Won't Stop China-ASEAN Economic Ties

By Wang Wen, Chen Xiaochen, and Chang Yudi
The South China Sea issue will not stop China-ASEAN trade -- or cooperation on the "Belt and Road."

Can China Jump-Start Its Maritime Silk Road in 2016?
February 12, 2016

Can China Jump-Start Its Maritime Silk Road in 2016?

By Shannon Tiezzi
A Chinese official mentions plans for the MSR in 2016 -- but nothing truly new.

China Has 'Reached Consensus' With Djibouti on Military Base
January 23, 2016

China Has 'Reached Consensus' With Djibouti on Military Base

By Shannon Tiezzi
In addition to moving forward on a new military facility, China seals a series of trade deals with Djibouti.
Deterring Chinese Coercion in the South China Sea
January 17, 2016

Deterring Chinese Coercion in the South China Sea

By Thuc D. Pham
What steps should the U.S. take next?

Is China's 'Belt and Road' a Strategy?
December 16, 2015

Is China's 'Belt and Road' a Strategy?

By Xie Tao
When is a strategy not a strategy?

Is China's Maritime Silk Road A Military Strategy?
December 08, 2015

Is China's Maritime Silk Road A Military Strategy?

By Anthony Kleven
The initiative may have a strong military dimension too.

Is This China’s Eurasian Century?
October 10, 2015

Is This China’s Eurasian Century?

By Xie Tao
China's response to the U.S. pivot to Asia -- a "march west" -- faces serious hurdles.
ASEAN's Economic Future
September 25, 2015

ASEAN's Economic Future

By Shannon Tiezzi
ASEAN's economic future and the implications of the AEC, the TPP, and China's economic slowdown.

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