Entries tagged "Big Question Series"

  • China’s Balkan Silk Road | Nov. 20, 2017, 10:08 a.m.

    The magnitude of the Balkan Silk Road project poses a mixture of opportunities and policy challenges for countries engaging in or seeking to benefit from its implementation.

  • Is Asia Reconnecting? | Nov. 6, 2017, 8:56 a.m.

    This report highlights essays from our Big Question series - an analysis collection that explore the drivers and implications of the massive infrastructure push taking place across the Eurasian continent.

  • 400+ Insights into Asia’s Infrastructure Contest | Oct. 23, 2017, 4:47 p.m.

    Browse our analysis section for news and articles on topics such as China's Belt and Road Initiative (OBOR), the Competing Visions of Japan, India, and other regional powers, and the stakes for U.S. policy.

  • The Case for a Trans-Caspian Bridge | July 11, 2017, 9 a.m.

    A trans-Caspian bridge could transform the landlocked condition of Central Asia and Kazakhstan, a revolutionary change psychologically and materially.

  • The Struggle Behind the Trans-Siberian Railway | July 5, 2017, 9:24 a.m.

    Other than the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, it is hard to envision a national transportation project that was less about daily efficiencies and more about psychological conquest than the Kremlin’s effort to build a railroad across Siberia.

  • Japan’s Ports and Power | June 28, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

    A country’s transportation infrastructure is plugged into other national and supranational networks in such a way as to impact, not just domestic economic interests, but also advance national security and foreign policy objectives.

  • How Britain’s Colonial Railways Transformed India | June 13, 2017, 9 a.m.

    The railways delivered much for India. Just as with the United States of America, they bound the country together.

  • Strategic Infrastructure | June 5, 2017, 10:02 a.m.

    Infrastructure is often viewed as a domestic economic issue, but throughout history, key projects have also advanced national security and foreign policy objectives.

  • Economically Connecting the Arctic | June 1, 2017, 4:44 p.m.

    If Russia and China successfully drive development to connect Asia and Europe through a northern Arctic Belt, Road, and Circle, we will know that the Arctic Age is upon us.

  • Arctic Maritime Connections | May 17, 2017, 9 a.m.

    Profound changes are happening in the Arctic Ocean, especially the increases in marine access from sea ice retreat, but these changes do not foretell a retooling of global maritime trade routes as many speculate.

  • China in the Arctic | May 9, 2017, 9 a.m.

    At present, economic interests are not at the forefront of China’s Arctic priorities, which are being used more as a political tool to achieve other goals: establishing the physical foundations for China’s Arctic rights, shaping governance norms, and preparing to tap into resources there.

  • Forecasting the Arctic’s Future | May 2, 2017, 9 a.m.

    The next few decades could bring dramatic changes. By 2040, ordinary merchant ships may be able to take the Northern Sea Route between China and Europe.

  • China’s Exaggerated Arctic Interests | April 18, 2017, 9 a.m.

    China may initially have approached the [Arctic] region with unrealistic energy expectations, but its currently cautious approach could give way to greater confidence over the long term.

  • Navigating Tomorrow’s Arctic | April 11, 2017, 9 a.m.

    An Arctic with less summertime sea ice also presents numerous commercial opportunities...Making the most of these opportunities, however, will require cooperation between industry and the international community and careful management informed by science.

  • Arctic Opportunities | April 5, 2017, 9 a.m.

    As the Arctic region rapidly transforms due to dramatic climate impacts, new economic opportunities and environmental challenges present themselves across the region.

  • The Road to Extinction | March 28, 2017, 9 a.m.

    Wildlife traffickers are taking advantage of new roads, ports, and airports to cross borders more quickly and easily.

  • Dirty Entanglements on the New Silk Road | March 21, 2017, 10:32 a.m.

    Drugs, human smuggling, and illegal migration will remain crucial elements of life and the economy in Central Asia in the coming years, a problem only amplified by the new Silk Road.

  • Asia’s Infectious Flows | March 14, 2017, 9 a.m.

    To make the most of Asia’s new connections, we must not only seize the positive opportunities they present but also reduce the health risks they could carry.

  • Diagnosing Central Asia’s Drug Problem | March 7, 2017, 9 a.m.

    The real challenge for fighting the illicit drug trade in Central Asia stems less from the supposed risks associated with opening borders or developing transport infrastructure, than from dealing with poverty and corruption.

  • Asia’s Unintended Flows | Feb. 28, 2017, 9 a.m.

    The ancient Silk Road carried far more than commerce. How might today’s new connections impact the movement of drugs, diseases, and other unintended flows?

  • 3-D Printing’s Tipping Point | Feb. 22, 2017, 9:15 a.m.

    3-D printing has the potential to disrupt the division of labor in today’s manufacturing sector, putting great stress on regional and global economic arrangements.

  • Driverless in Eurasia | Feb. 14, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

    Autonomous vehicles have the potential to re-shape the continent of Asia’s economic geography, but they face infrastructure challenges unique to the region.

  • Disruption on the Docks | Feb. 7, 2017, 10 a.m.

    The fastest growing container trade in the world is intra-Asian trade. It is here that the business case for automated terminal investment is strongest.

  • Hyperloop on the Silk Road | Jan. 31, 2017, 9 a.m.

    A Hunchun-Zarubino Hyperloop would propel Russia to the forefront of transport innovation and could be the first step toward the twenty-first century Silk Road.

  • Rail’s Digital Revolution | Jan. 24, 2017, 9:12 a.m.

    Data sharing could revolutionize the efficiency of the entire global supply chain – from ship to train to truck and beyond.

  • Emerging Technology and Tomorrow’s Geography | Jan. 19, 2017, 9:27 a.m.

    From 3D printing to Hyperloop One, find out how emerging technologies are reshaping transportation, and with it, the world’s economic geography.

  • Asia's Infrastructure Cultures | Jan. 11, 2017, 12:05 a.m.

    With the “Belt and Road” initiative, the fast establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the construction of ports and railways in Africa and elsewhere, and by pushing green energy, China is demonstrating what has been lost in the West in recent times.

  • Survival of the Unfittest | Jan. 4, 2017, 9 a.m.

    It’s critical not only to deliver projects within cost and time budgets, as China's example shows, but also to invest in high-quality infrastructure.

  • The World’s Infrastructure Laboratory | Dec. 14, 2016, 9:07 a.m.

    Our “Big Questions” series brings together leading scholars, former policymakers, and top industry experts to tackle critical questions.

  • Asia’s Emergent Middle Class | Dec. 14, 2016, 12:09 a.m.

    By 2030, two-thirds of the world’s middle class will reside in Asia. The middle class will demand quality infrastructure that meets their needs, without corruption or waste.

  • Too Much of a Good Thing | Dec. 7, 2016, 9 a.m.

    Unless China shifts to fewer and higher-quality infrastructure investments, the country is headed for an economic crisis, which is likely to spread to the international economy.

  • Big Questions, Expert Answers | Nov. 23, 2016, 9:05 a.m.

    Our “Big Questions” series brings together leading scholars, former policymakers, and top industry experts to tackle critical questions.

  • China in Europe | Nov. 23, 2016, 9:03 a.m.

    At first glance, “One Belt, One Road” appears to be a 21st century reboot of Jiang Zemin’s 1999 “Go West” policy. But what is new is OBOR’s potential to upgrade substantially China’s economic presence in southern and eastern Europe.

  • Marco Polo and the Mongol Hordes | Nov. 16, 2016, 8 a.m.

    The leaders seeking to rebuild connections across Eurasia’s vast landmass might not like to be compared to the great Mongol warlord and empire-builder Genghis Khan. But to understand today’s efforts to reconnect Eurasia, the Great Khan provides useful lessons.

  • Washington’s Challenge in Central Asia | Nov. 9, 2016, 9:32 a.m.

    A significant challenge to U.S. national security is looming in Eurasia and appears to be receiving limited attention from the U.S. government: Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative and its plan to connect China with Western Europe through overland routes across Central Asia.

  • A Silk Road for the Twenty-First Century? | Nov. 1, 2016, 11:35 a.m.

    Many of the proposed projects will be delayed or never built, but those that are will transform the region.

  • Whither Eurasian Integration? | Oct. 25, 2016, 8:30 a.m.

    With the fall of the Bamboo Curtain in Asia and of the Iron Curtain in Europe, the progressive economic integration of the Greater Eurasian supercontinent became possible and by now it has become seemingly inevitable.