Michael Clarke

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  • Dr Michael Clarke is Associate Professor at the National Security College, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Canberra and Director of the ANU-Indiana University Pan-Asia Institute.

    The Belt and Road Initiative: Exploring Beijing’s Motivations and Challenges for its New Silk Road

    This article argues that Beijing’s ambitious ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI) is driven by the convergence of Innenpolitik and Aussenpolitik motivations including a desire: to counterbalance perceived American predominance; to ensure economic growth to underpin the CCP’s legitimacy; and to present China as a viable alternate global leader to the United States.

    March 2018

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