Think tanks in Bucharest launch “Asia’s Century” International Project 2022 – 2027

Think tanks in Bucharest launch “Asia’s Century” International Project 2022 – 2027

  “Asia’s Century” International Project 2022 – 2027 was launched in Bucharest late March by a consortium of think-tanks consisting of the Bucharest-based MEPEI (Middle East Political and Economic Institute), Eurodefense Romania and ICI (National Institute for Research & Development in Informatics), together with the Ljubljana-based IFIMES (International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies) […]

Narrowing the Education Gap and Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS)

Narrowing the Education Gap and Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS)

by Toby Pughe FCII and Kirill K. Savrassov     With the BRI, new infrastructure have been constructed. But natural disasters can threaten large infrastructure projects and create financial turmoil in developing countries along the new Silk Road. Insurance-Linked Securities can mitigate this risk, but local authorities need to know more about this tool. The protection […]

What is the Maritime Silk Road?

What is the Maritime Silk Road?

by Professor Richard T. Griffiths, director of the New Silk Road Projects, IIAS and Leiden University   There are two extreme interpretations of China’s Maritime Silk Road (MSR). One sees it as a policy to obtain strategic naval advantage. The other sees it as a benign effort to bring less advantaged countries into the global […]

Parametric sovereign cat bonds: the way to insure the Belt and Road, according to Kirill Savrassov, insurance and sovereign risk expert

Parametric sovereign cat bonds: the way to insure the Belt and Road, according to Kirill Savrassov,  insurance and sovereign risk expert

by Kirill Savrassov Chief executive, PhoenixCRetro, London, UK Countries in Central Asia and Eastern Europe that have been recipients of Chinese investment via projects associated with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) should use parametric sovereign cat bonds to insure themselves against the risk of natural disasters, believes Kirill Savrassov, an insurance-linked securities (ILS) and sovereign […]

ANALYSIS OF CONFLICTS ARISING FROM THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE

ANALYSIS OF CONFLICTS ARISING FROM THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE

by Giulio Stefano Ravot University of Cagliari, Trinity College Dublin   Seven years have passed since the launch of the BRI, ipso facto several authors have questioned, even critically, how the disputes arising from the Chinese initiative should be managed and resolved. In this sense, a quote of Professor Malik Dahlan from Queen Mary University of […]

Belt & Road Initiative projects and tenders: opening the BRI to non-Chinese companies

Belt & Road Initiative projects and tenders: opening the BRI to non-Chinese companies

By Dr. Sebastien Goulard, founder of OBOREurope The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is sometimes considered a project that was made exclusively for Chinese companies and financed solely by Chinese institutions. However, this assumption is wrong as it does not take into account the evolutive nature of the BRI. The Belt and Road is getting […]

More Westlessness and China’s becoming a New European Power after the pandemic?

More Westlessness and China’s becoming a New European Power after the pandemic?

by Marcela Ganea   The current pandemic reveals the countries’ resilience but it is also reshaping economic sectors. It’s a confusing moment in history but experienced minds see how China, with a strong political leadership, remains economically competitive, believes Liviu Muresan, head of the Bucharest-based EURISC think tank, who has been working with several major […]

The new phase of the Belt and Road Initiative- framed as a threat

The new phase of the Belt and Road Initiative- framed as a threat

Some Western critics project the Belt and Road Initiative and its projects as being “non-transparent”, “undermining EU regulations” and supporting “illiberal regimes in Eastern Europe”. As a result, there has been a move from rhetorical criticism to a “call for action” against Belt and Road projects, such as an appeal for stricter regulations and imposing […]

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Bucharest: “With Hodeidah port restored, chances for a political solution are increasing”

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Bucharest: “With Hodeidah port restored, chances for a political solution are increasing”

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Bucharest: “With Hodeidah port restored, chances for a political solution are increasing”   by Marcela GANEA   On 13 June, the “Golden Victory” operation began in Yemen after the deadline set by the United Arab Emirates for the Houthis to release Hodeidah port under their control expired. […]

World War II – through the lens of geopolitics and the writings of people – part I, Premises, Pacts and Belligerence

World War II – through the lens of geopolitics and the writings of people – part I, Premises, Pacts and Belligerence

September 1st 1939 – September 2nd  1945, the timeframe between the escalation of tensions, through the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the capitulation of Japan through the signing by Japanese foreign minister Mamoru Shigemitsu of  the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, is arguably the most geopolitically active period in modern history, actively and continuously changing the […]