CSR Blog: China’s Western Horizon: Interview with Professor Daniel Markey

By Jacob Larsen Daniel Markey is a senior research professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also serves as the academic director of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Global Policy Program. Dr. Markey’s latest book, China’s Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia (Oxford University Press, 2020), assesses the …

CSR Blog: A Tale of Two Dams in Southeast Asia

By Qihan Zou This article analyzes two cases of China’s overseas hydropower station construction: the suspended Myitsone Dam project on the Ayeyarwady River in Myanmar, and the successfully constructed Lower Sesan 2 Dam on the Sesan River in Cambodia. It explains why the Sesan 2 project was successfully constructed while the Myitsone was suspended. This …

CSR Blog: Book Review: Jonathan Hillman’s The Emperor’s New Road

By Jacob Larsen Jonathan Hillman’s The Emperor’s New Road: China and the Project of the Century (Yale University Press, September, 2020) catalogues the difficulties faced by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as well as the problems it creates.  Hillman’s brief introductory chapter describes the sheer scale of the BRI, and lays out his two …