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Regions in the Belt and Road Initiative

1st Edition

Edited by Jonathan Fulton


176 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367194321
pub: 2020-06-08
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Introduced in 2013, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has had a significant impact within Asia and across other regions. This book provides empirical case studies examining the relations between China and the states in specific regional groupings, including South-East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, the Persian Gulf, the Horn of Africa, and Central/Eastern Europe.

At the theoretical level, Buzan and Waever’s work on regional security complexes is used to develop a framework for analyzing the current impact of the BRI and its potential future effects within these regions, while the case studies explore the extent to which different International Relations and International Political Economy theories explain change in these relationships as the regional security environment shifts. The contributors address questions as diverse as the domestic political and economic drivers impacting the level of BRI cooperation; the effects of cooperation with the US; as well as the historical political and economic risk considerations for China in pursuing BRI cooperation; the motivations of regional responses to the BRI and rivalries and variations in those responses.

This book will be of interest to academics working in the fields of Chinese foreign policy, International Relations, International Political Economy, and area studies. Professionals in the corporate world and Governmental practitioners and non-government agencies will also find the contributions useful.

Table of Contents

1 Responses to the Belt and Road Initiative: A Regional Perspective

Jonathan Fulton

2 Localizing China’s Global Silk Roads through the "17+1"

Emilian Kavalski

3 China’s BRI in South Asia: Unique Characteristics and General Framework

Jabin T. Jacob

4 Central Asia in BRI: Policy-taker or Policy-shaper?

Li-Chen Sim and Farkhod Aminjonov

5 China’s Maritime Silk Road: The Horn of Africa and Red Sea

David Styan

6 The Gulf Monarchies in the Belt and Road Initiative: Domestic, Regional, and International Pressures

Jonathan Fulton

7 Bumps in the Maritime Silk Road: Domestic Politics and the BRI in ASEAN States

Daniel O’Neill

About the Editor

Jonathan Fulton is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

About the Series

Rethinking Asia and International Relations

Rethinking Asia and International Relations
This series provides thoughtful consideration both of the growing prominence of Asian actors on the global stage and the changes in the study and practice of world affairs that they provoke. It offers a comprehensive parallel assessment of the full spectrum of Asian states, organisations, and regions and their impact on the dynamics of global politics. The series encourages conversation on: ¢ What rules, norms, and strategic cultures are likely to dominate international life in the 'Asian Century'; ¢ How will global problems be reframed and addressed by a 'rising Asia'; ¢ Which institutions, actors, and states are likely to provide leadership during such 'shifts to the East'; ¢ Whether there is something distinctly 'Asian' about the emerging patterns of global politics. Such comprehensive engagement not only offers a critical assessment of the actual and prospective roles of Asian actors, but rethinks the concepts, practices, and frameworks of analysis of world politics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General