The al-Sabah Programme is delighted to announce the launch of a new project, BRI Dialogues, in partnership with 3Sixty Strategic Advisors, for a deep dive into the changing nature of the international system, analysis of the growing global role of East Asia, and a fuller understanding of the role of China and the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI).
The BRI Dialogues provide support and insights for senior executives and decision makers in both private and public sectors, on China and its BRI programme of activities. Our overriding aim is to establish a clearer appreciation of how to ‘COPE’ in China.
COPE - how to deal with Complexities; capitalise on Opportunities; understand her return to Power, and brace for the impact of Externalities of China.
BRI Dialogues are conversations focused on substance and on issues that matter:
Research - Supported by the al-Sabah Programme in the School of Government & International Affairs, Durham University
Thought Leadership - A series of conversations with key decision shapers deciphering complexities, risk and horizon scanning for opportunities
Advisory and Consulting Services - To frame hybrid business development strategies and where to place emphasis along the vast BRI. Curate and lead executive strategy sessions, day-long brainstorming, and breakout meetings.
1) Stephen Chan OBE
2) Shaun Breslin
3) Niv Horesh
4) James Chau
5) Zha Daojiong
6) Louis-Vincent Gave
7) Sara Hsu
8) Anzetse Wer
9) Tom Miller
10) Maria Adele Carrai
11) Jonathan Fulton
12) Afshin Molavi
13) Andrew Critchlow
14) John Calabrese
15) Mohammed Al-Sudairi
16) Cobus van Staden
17) Andrea Ghiselli
18) Hannah Ryder & Ovigwe Eguegu
Professor Stephen Chan OBE discusses the potential implications of China’s backchannel diplomacy with the Taliban and the ramifications of Beijing’s cessation of foreign coal-related investment.
Professor Shaun Breslin explores several key issues about the BRI and China’s rise, from questioning whether the initiative has entered into a new phase of its existence in the post-pandemic era, to scrutinising possible scope for Chinese engagement in Taliban-governed Afghanistan.
Associate Professor Niv Horesh is a China specialist with over 20 years of experience ranging across the private sector, public sector, and academia. He lived and worked in China for several years and has held various teaching and research positions.
James Chau is a journalist, television presenter, and a United Nations goodwill ambassador. He discusses the issues of tolerance and co-existence in modern politics, the absence of modern visionaries in global affairs and equality of education in China.
Dr. Zha Daojiong is a Professor of International Political Economy at the School of International Studies at Peking University and actively consults Chinese government agencies including subsidiaries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Investor, business leader and author, Louis-Vincent Gave discusses China’s need to raise capital domestically, rather than focusing on the US; issues faced by the EU in its engagement with China; and questions surrounding Chinese debt accumulation emerging from the BRI.
Associate Professor Sara Hsu’s expertise covers everything from China’s economy to supply chain management. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Utah, has produced over 30 publications and has shared expertise on international broadcasting platforms.
Anzetse Were is a development economist with over a decade of experience working in Africa on economic research, analysis, and strategy development. She holds a master’s in economics from the University of Sydney and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.
Tom Miller is a senior Asia analyst at Gavekal. He shares his insights on: Beijing’s relationship with Pakistan and its implications for the West; and Russia’s role in wider China-West political competition.
Dr. Maria Adele Carrai is an Assistant Professor of Global China Studies at NYU Shanghai. Maria addresses several crucial topics, including: the relationship between private enterprises and the BRI; and a comparison between the BRI and the B3W.
Assistant Professor Jonathan Fulton has carved a career for himself as one of the foremost experts on China-MENA studies. He imparts his expertise on numerous crucial topics including Chinese interests in West Asia and the feasibility of the Sino-Iranian 25-year partnership.
Afshin Molavi is an author and expert on global geo-political risk and geo-economics, specialising in Asia and the Middle East. He shares compelling insights on a variety of crucial topics including China’s impressions of the Ukraine crisis.
Durham alumnus, Andrew Critchlow is the regional Head of News in EMEA for S&P Global Platts. He addresses several crucial issues including the current challenges associated with sharp increases in the prices of oil and gas.
China-MENA studies titan, Dr. John Calabrese teaches US foreign policy at an American University in Washington, DC. He shares his thoughts on several crucial topics, including: the positionality of MENA countries amid great power competition and the JCPoA.
Dr. Mohammed Turki Al-Sudairi is one of the Middle East’s most prolific China-MENA experts. He shares his wisdom on several vital matters including the orientation of the Gulf Cooperation Council states amid great power competition.
Dr. Cobus van Staden is a senior researcher on China-Africa relations at the South African Institute of International Affairs. He shares his wise insights on several topics of great relevance including the question of China’s brand management in Africa.
Dr Andrea Ghiselli is an Assistant Professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University. He shares his wise insights on several topics including China's diplomatic method of protecting Chinese citizens and investments in the Middle East.
CEO, Hannah Ryder and Policy Analyst, Ovigwe Eguegu at Development Reimagined, share their wise insights on several issues related to development challenges in Africa, including transferring the development experience of others in African states.
Professor Min Ye of Boston University offers her wisdom on the genesis, the metamorphosis and what China’s Belt Road Initiative will be evolving into on its 10th anniversary in 2023.
Professor Jinghan Zeng of Lancaster University shares his wise insights on the 20th CCP Congress, its importance in Chinese domestic terms and its significance in a broader geographical context.
Dr Yu Tao of the University of Western Australia dissects the 20th Party Congress in Beijing, and the ramifications of a potential decoupling between China and United States.
Mr. Ronnie C. Chan is the Chair of Hang Lung Group Limited & its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Limited. Here, he offers his wisdom on the challenges being faced by a rising civilizational power.
Dr. Maria Repnikova of Georgia State University shares her insight on the evolution of soft power at large, and how China is creating and developing its own narrative in today’s global competition for reputation management with the United States.
Dr Chengxin Pan of the University of Macau shares his wisdom on the complicated, intertwined and in many ways the interdependent relationships between Australia and China.
George Magnus is an independent economist and commentator, and Research Associate at the China Centre, Oxford University and the at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Here he shares his insight regarding the growing NIP posturing of EU and US.
Jörg Wuttke, the President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, shares his insight on the inefficiencies in EU’s industrial, economic, geopolitical and strategic posturing towards China and its geo-economic conundrums.
“We look forward to hearing from you, engaging with you and your senior bench, and to support you in separating the chatter from actionable, relevant insights that can lead to access to new development and growth opportunities in one of the most dynamic parts of the world.
“The train has left Beijing, and the vessel has left Shanghai; it is time to understand, appraise, engage, win, and lead with clarity.”
Prof. Anoush Ehteshami PhD, FAcSS, FRSA Prof. of International Relations, Chair and Director, HH Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Research Programme
Ali Borhani, FRSA Managing Director, 3Sixty Strategic Advisors Ltd
For more information, to get involved or to receive a presentation on BRI Dialogues please contact firstname.lastname@example.org