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October 18, 2017

China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Henry Jackson Society

TIME:  13:00-14:00, 18th October 2017

VENUE: Committee Room 17, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA


Jonathan E. Hillman
Director of the Reconnecting Asia Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the most ambitious geo-economic vision in modern times. Committing to $1 trillion in new infrastructure projects, scores of trade agreements, and countless people-to-people ties, it seems set to crown China’s place on the global stage. The primary  of the BRI is its overland routes between China and Europe. New railways aspire to compete with maritime transportation, which has been dominant for centuries. Jonathan Hillman, director of the Reconnecting Asia Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a think tank in Washington, will attempt to get behind the headlines and see what challenges the bold strategy faces.

By kind invitation of The Rt Hon. Sir Hugo Swire KCMG MP, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Jonathan Hillman, Director of the Reconnecting Asia Project at CSIS, who will put the developments of the Belt and Road Initiative into perspective by examining the key projects and the challenges they face.

Jonathan E. HillmanJonathan E. Hillman is  Director of the Reconnecting Asia Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Previously, Hillman served as a policy adviser at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he directed the research and writing process for essays, speeches, and other materials explaining U.S. trade and investment policy. He has written on U.S. foreign policy and national security issues for the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the National Interest, and other outlets. Hillman is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Presidential Scholar, and Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received the Garrison Prize for best thesis in international relations.