GEAS Open Colloquium Anastasiya Bayok (Freie Universität Berlin)

Jul 16, 2018 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

BRI, Global Order and the Role of Perceptions

Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), recently proposed by China as its own vision of the world, “alternative” to the existing one, gives a sign of a more mature, capable and ever self-confident China. Assertiveness in Chinese domestic and foreign policy coupled with Beijing’s ever growing efforts to actively promote itself as a responsible stakeholder on international arena, as well as the geo-economic and geo-political consequences of the BRI, arouse a lot of debates among politicians and scholars on the possibilities of China redefining the established rules in international relations, challenging, or even overthrowing, the present global order, becoming a new norm-maker and establishing a new system of global governance.

The presentation, being a part of a bigger research project, focuses on the economic, political and societal consequences of the BRI in the region of Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, with the aim of revealing to which extent local perceptions and acceptance of the Initiative and the concrete projects by the receiving states and societies, facilitates or, to the contrary, hinders the success of the BRI, preventing China from reforming the existing system of international rules, norms and institutions. A due attention is being paid to strategic competition between China and Russia for the regional connectivity, integration and economic unity in Eurasia. The main stress, however, lies on the role of non-state actors and societies in defining the local attitudes in CA and CEE, the issue still rather underrepresented in academic research.

Anastasiya Bayok is the Einstein Visiting Fellowship Postdoctoral Fellow at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) at the Free University Berlin. She currently works on the project launched by Prof. Gunter Schubert and dedicated to the issues of migration governance in East Asia. Her main research focus is Chinese foreign and security policy, regional and global role of China, as well as the diffusion of norms and cooperation among authoritarian regimes. Her teaching focuses on China’s relations with other great powers and neighbouring states, with the emphasis on Sino-Russian relations and China’s role and influence in Central Asia.


Time & Location

Jul 16, 2018 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Room K.18 (basement)
Graduate School of East Asian Studies
Hittorfstr. 18
14195 Berlin