In this public lecture, Bruno Maçães will weave together themes from his two recent books, The Dawn of Eurasia: On the Trail of the New World Order and The Belt and Road Initiative: A Chinese World Order. Combining history, diplomacy and vivid reports from his six-month overland journey across Eurasia from Baku to Samarkand, Vladivostock to Beijing, Maçães argues that the best word for the emerging global order is 'Eurasian', and shows why we need to begin thinking on a super-continental scale. As he demonstrates, we can already see the coming Eurasianism in the success of cities like Hong Kong and Singapore, in Turkey's increasing global role and in the fact that, revealingly, the United States is redefining its place as between Europe and Asia. But it is most vivid in China’s Belt and Road Initiative — a bold infrastructure project reopening the historic Silk Road, which Maçães describes as the most ambitious geopolitical initiative of the age. Covering almost seventy countries by land and sea, he argues that it will affect every element of global society from shipping to agriculture, digital economy to tourism and politics to culture. Most importantly, he argues that it symbolises a new phase in China's ambitions as a superpower: to remake the world economy and crown Beijing as the new centre of capitalism and globalization.
About the speaker
Bruno Maçães is a non-resident senior fellow at Hudson Institute, a senior advisor at Flint Global and a senior fellow at Renmin University, China. Formerly Portugal's Europe minister (2013-15), he has been a regular commentator for CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera, and has written for The Financial Times, The Guardian and Foreign Affairs. His last book was The Dawn of Eurasia: On the Trail of the New World Order. He lives in Beijing.
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