China’s Belt and Road Initiative: A Comprehensive National Security Strategy

Date:               27 February 2019

Location:       UMW Dahlgren Campus – University Hall (Room 110)

Refreshments will be served at 8:00am, and the lecture begins promptly at 8:30am.

The lecture is open to the public.  Registration is requested as space is limited (registration form below).

Summary: Over the past five years, China has unfolded a bold overseas infrastructure development program known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Foreign observers have alternatively characterized this as a boon for regional growth and as a self-interested attempt to increase China’s influence across Eurasia and beyond. This lecture will provide a more nuanced interpretation, arguing that the BRI serves three interrelated goals: strengthening CCP legitimacy, providing new opportunities for Chinese state economic actors, and enhancing China’s geopolitical security. The lecture will also address challenges inherent in the BRI and derive lessons and implications for U.S. strategy.

Bio:  Dr. Joel Wuthnow is a research fellow in the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs within the Institute for National for Strategic Studies at NDU. His research areas include Chinese foreign and security policy, Chinese military affairs, U.S.-China relations, and strategic developments in East Asia. In addition to his duties in INSS, he also serves as an adjunct professor in both the Eisenhower School at NDU and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  read more