May 07, 2020
How China’s Belt and Road Initiative Went Astray
By Chan Kung and Yu (Tony) Pan
In taking on geopolitical overtones, the BRI has become alienated from its original economic purpose.
February 01, 2020
Potholes and Bumps Along the Silk Road Economic Belt in Central Asia
By Li-Chen Sim and Farkhod Aminjonov
Belt and Road-related problems could prompt Central Asian states to re-engage more seriously with other actors.
February 11, 2019
How Old Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Exactly?
By Ankit Panda
The policies that became the Belt and Road Initiative date back into the early 2000s.
September 15, 2018
Five Years Later: Reviewing China's Belt and Road Initiative
By Ankit Panda
Is China's Belt and Road Initiative running into growing pains?
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.)
May 18, 2017
Silk Purses from Sows’ Ears: Russian Railways and the Pig Market Silk Road Stimulus
By Nicholas Trickett
Win-win cooperation will net oligarchs billions, but the average Russian very little.
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.
May 01, 2017
The Silk Roads, Past and Future
By Peter Frankopan
If China’s ambitious initiative can recapture the magic of the ancient Silk Roads, it will change the world.
March 24, 2017
Will Central Asia Water Wars Derail China's Silk Road?
By Nishtha Chugh
China needs to be wary of a looming water crisis in Central Asia.
November 23, 2016
Trade Connectivity: The Missing Link in the Belt and Road
By Sarah Lain
China’s Central Asia plans need more than infrastructure if they are to reach their potential.
September 26, 2016
China in Central Asia: Building Border Posts in Tajikistan
By Catherine Putz
Dushanbe says Beijing will build 11 new posts along the Tajik-Afghan border.
August 31, 2016
3 Years on, Where Does China’s Silk Road Stand?
By Shannon Tiezzi
A look at the successes and complications of Xi’s signature project.