| By Dr. Raymond Levitt

As Asia's infrastructure competition unfolds, interest in how infrastructure investment is carried out has been rising. China’s Belt & Road Initiative, which aspires to connect nearly two-thirds of the global population and 60 percent of its GDP, along with other infrastructure initiatives across the region have raised the premium on understanding different approaches.

On December 18, the CSIS Simon Chair and the Stanford Global Projects Center hosted a conversation and presentation series comparing Chinese and western approaches to infrastructure investment.

featuring a conversation on "Hard Infrastructure and Soft Power" with

Brendan Bechtel

Chairman and CEO, Bechtel

Dr. John J. Hamre

President and CEO, CSIS

Dr. Raymond Levitt

Director, Stanford Global Projects Center

presentations by

Michael Bennon

Managing Director, Stanford Global Projects Center

Bushra Bataineh

Researcher, Stanford Global Projects Center

Jonathan E. Hillman

Director, CSIS Reconnecting Asia Project

welcome by

Matthew P. Goodman

William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy and Senior Adviser for Asian Economics, CSIS

Watch the full event here.