CeMEAS Conversations: Fabienne Bossuyt

CeMEAS Conversations: Fabienne Bossuyt

“Towards a New Global Order? Ambitions, Scope and Challenges of China’s Belt and Road Initiative”

We are excited to present Fabienne Bossuyt as part of our CeMEAS Conversations.

Our video series “Towards a New Global Order? Ambitions, Scope and Challenges of China’s Belt and Road Initiative” was filmed on the sidelines of a workshop held at the University of Göttingen in 2019. In our conversations with Fabienne Bossuyt, Maria Danilovich and Bart Dessein we discuss China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) from the angle of international politics and development assistance, debate its reception in Central Asia as well as its conceptual, philosophical and cultural roots in ancient China. https://www.cemeas.de/cemeas-u4-works…

In this video Fabienne Bossuyt discusses three questions:

Launched in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is China’s new geopolitical strategy to connect Asia, Europe and Africa. In your research you focus on the New Silk Road that connects China with Europe. What implications does China’s BRI have on the relations between the EU, Russia and the Central Asian countries?

What are the main opportunities and challenges for the geopolitical rivals Russia, China and the EU along the New Silk Road? How will this shape a new regional order and new norms for the global system?

As part of the BRI, China invests heavily into infrastructure projects in Central Asia. In your research, you compare Chinese und EU developmental assistance in Central Asia. What are your main findings? What impact has China’s aid on the ground?

Fabienne Bossuyt is Assistant Professor at the Centre for EU Studies. She holds a PhD from Aston University (UK) and Ghent University based on a doctoral dissertation on the EU’s influence in Post-Soviet Central Asia. Previously, she obtained a Master’s degree in Translation Studies and a postgraduate degree in International Relations and Conflict Management. She is a lecturer in the MA programme in EU Studies (‘Contemporary Issues in EU Politics’; and ‘The European Union’s Neighbourhood Policies’). Fabienne Bossuyt is a member of the steering committee of the Russia Platform of Ghent University and is also affiliated to the Centre for Russian International Socio-Political and Economic Studies at UGent.