China will host its second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 26-27, two years after hosting its inaugural forum that was attended by dozens of world leaders and put a spotlight on Beijing’s massive signature initiative and its global leadership ambitions.
This conference features two panels: The first discusses cross-regional trends and concerns about BRI, alternatives to the Chinese model of investment and development, and strategies for increasing the sustainability of international development efforts. The second panel examines the on-the-ground impact of BRI in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa and implications for conflict dynamics in these regions.
Panel 1: Toward High-Quality Projects: Comparing BRI’s Implementation to Global Standards
Samantha Custer Director of Policy Analysis, AidData
Scott Morris Senior Fellow and Director of the U.S. Development Policy Initiative, Center for Global Development
Pauline Muchina Public Education and Advocacy Coordinator, Africa Region, American Friends Service Committee
Fei Yu Deputy Representative, North American Representative Office of the Asian Development Bank
Patricia Kim, moderator Senior Policy Analyst, China Program, U.S. Institute of Peace
Panel 2: BRI’s Impact on Local and Regional Dynamics: Force for Stability or Driver of Conflict?
Brian Harding Deputy Director and Fellow, Southeast Asia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Khin Khin Kyaw Kyee Lead Researcher, Institute for Strategy and Policy – Myanmar
Paul Nantulya Research Associate, Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Andrew Small Senior Transatlantic Fellow, Asia Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States
Jacob Stokes, moderator Senior Policy Analyst, China Program, U.S. Institute of Peace
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