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The Belt and Road Initiative
Geopolitical and Geoeconomic Aspects

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ISBN 9781032154497
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge India
180 Pages

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Book Description

This book studies the geopolitical and geoeconomic aspects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It argues that BRI has the potential to redesign the spatial and territorial dimensions of governance and effectively counterbalance the hitherto predominant hegemonies of the Anglo-American sea power.


The volume:

·         Highlights the main geopolitical patterns, including geographical, economic, financial, technological, and strategic factors guiding the BRI on a global scale;

·         Presents a historical account of the development of the Silk Road and underlines its contemporary relevance;

·         Traces China’s growing influence from Eurasia to America; and

·         Discusses how the Initiative is likely to transform international relations by the middle of the 21st century.


A comprehensive guide to China’s rise as the new center of gravity in global geopolitics, the book will be indispensable for students of political studies, geopolitics, international relations, and foreign policy. It will also be useful for policy makers, strategic investors, think tanks, and government officials. 

Table of Contents

1. The Ancient Silk Roads: Historical Perspectives  2. The Revival of the New Silk Roads by Modern China  3. BRI’s Response to the US’s Asia Pivot: Turning ‘EURasia’ towards ‘eurASIA’  4. Understanding the BRI: Benefits of Physical Infrastructure Development  5. Indo-Pacific and the Maritime Silk Road  6. China’s Arctic Policy and Polar Silk Road  7. The Geo-economics of Infrastructural Development  8. BRI’s virtual grid: Beyond physical infrastructure connectivity  9. Global Paradigm Shift: Towards a World-Land Bridge  10. Geopolitical and Geo-Economic Patterns of the BRI’s Implementation

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Faisal Ahmed is Associate Professor teaching trade and geopolitics at FORE School of Management, New Delhi, India. In addition to his PhD and master’s degrees from India, he also holds Executive Certification in Geopolitical Analysis from Geneva, Switzerland. His research and consulting interests include Indo-Pacific/China trade and geopolitics, ocean diplomacy, trade agreements, and SDGs. He was previously consultant to United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and other organisations. He has worked on projects supported by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. He has published several research papers in Scopus and Clarivate indexed journals, and also frequently publishes in popular media. He is the author of textbook Business Environment: Indian and Global Perspective (2014). He has also published two edited books on India-ASEAN Engagements, and India's Foreign Policy in WANA region. Also, he has published three monographs on grassroots reach of India's foreign trade policy, India's experiences in PTAs, and EEZ and UN convention on law of the sea. His articles have appeared in The Hindu Business Line, South China Morning Post, The Economic Times, Business Standard, Financial Express, China Radio International, and The Straits Times, among others. He has been interviewed as an expert by national and international media including Rajya Sabha TV, Vietnam TV and the BBC.


Alexandre Lambert is Academic Director of the Geneva Institute of Geopolitical Studies (GIGS), Switzerland. He is also Director of a SIT Study Abroad University Program on Global Health and Development Policy in Switzerland and teaches international relations with focus on international security at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations (GSD) and International University Geneva (IUG). Formerly, he was a civil servant at the Swiss Federal Department of Defence within its security policy division and became a founding fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF). He holds a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, where he was also lead researcher on the OSCE to which he has been providing independent policy-advise for almost two decades and with special emphasis on the Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security. He has mainly published in the fields of international security, civil-military relations, and geopolitics.