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Beijing’s Next Big Problem
October 28, 2019

Beijing’s Next Big Problem

By Stephen Smith
Managing asymmetry is China’s next big problem, but Beijing has ample historical experience doing so.

Why Foreign Policy Matters to Myanmar’s Democratic Transition
October 22, 2019

Why Foreign Policy Matters to Myanmar’s Democratic Transition

By Hnin Wint Nyunt Hman
In the best-case scenario, Myanmar would be rich like the East and democratic like the West. 
High Expectations as China’s Xi Lands in Nepal
October 12, 2019

High Expectations as China’s Xi Lands in Nepal

By Peter Gill
The first Chinese leader to visit Nepal since 1996, Xi’s trip carries with it high expectations and geopolitical undertones.

Why Is Anti-Chinese Sentiment on the Rise in Central Asia?
October 08, 2019

Why Is Anti-Chinese Sentiment on the Rise in Central Asia?

By Aruuke Uran Kyzy
Central Asia could become a spoiler for all of Beijing’s big Belt and Road ambitions.

What Is the Belt and Road News Network?
October 02, 2019

What Is the Belt and Road News Network?

By Eleanor Albert
A centralized source for BRI information would be welcome, but BRNN may blur the line between data and party-state talking points.

The Khorgos Hype on the Belt and Road
September 27, 2019

The Khorgos Hype on the Belt and Road

By Henry Ruehl
Despite lofty ambitions, Khorgos is less transformative than its proponents believe – and yet it does illustrate some of the promise of the BRI.

Kazakh President Tokayev Goes to Beijing
September 12, 2019

Kazakh President Tokayev Goes to Beijing

By Eleanor Albert
What's on the China-Kazakhstan agenda?
Are Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams a Risky Bet?
September 06, 2019

Are Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams a Risky Bet?

By Fabio Figiaconi
The Lao government aspires to gain centrality in the Greater Mekong Subregion via new infrastructure; but at what price?

Chinese Private Security Moves Into Central Asia
July 03, 2019

Chinese Private Security Moves Into Central Asia

By Yau Tsz Yan
With vast investments at stake, Chinese private security firms are expanding operations in Kyrgyzstan and beyond.

Can China Broker the Resolution of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict?
June 22, 2019

Can China Broker the Resolution of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict?

By Vasif Huseynov
China’s expanding economic ties with the two sides of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict give Beijing important leverage to push for quick resolution.

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Undermining Human Rights?
June 07, 2019

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Undermining Human Rights?

By Abbas Faiz
The BRI has provided much-needed development, but it has also generated more authoritarianism.
How Can Indonesia Manage Its Concerns About BRI Investments?
May 09, 2019

How Can Indonesia Manage Its Concerns About BRI Investments?

By Dikanaya Tarahita and Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
Jakarta may welcome, and need, Chinese investment; but it needs to mitigate the risks.

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