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China’s Belt and Road Initiative is Neither a Strategy, Nor a Vision. It is a Process (February 2018)

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is Neither a Strategy, Nor a Vision. It is a Process (February 2018)

Given the global attention received by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and its impact on international affairs, it is remarkable how ambiguous the initiative remains. This is hardly astonishing, as Chinese foreign policies tend to strategically focus on general trajectories and leave more elasticity in comparison to Western ones. A reason for the government’s

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Islam in Cambodia: The Fate of the Cham Muslims (June 2017)

Islam in Cambodia: The Fate of the Cham Muslims (June 2017)

Having recently raised its economic status from low-income to lower-middle income, and on its way to becoming an upper-middle income country by 2030, increasingly open to foreign investments and businesses and with a dynamic and tech-savvy young population, Cambodia is a country that cannot leave its Muslim minority behind on its fast-paced development path. Despite

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EU-India Relations: A Soft Power Approach (December 2015)

EU-India Relations: A Soft Power Approach (December 2015)

Indian foreign policy under the Modi administration is becoming more ambitious and innovative in its scope, as India moves from the periphery to the center of international relations. India is tactically exploiting its natural advantages through its renewed focus on soft power and its subsequent strategic deployment to further India’s foreign policy objectives in an

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2015 ADB Annual Meeting: Notes on the 48th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank, Baku, Azerbaijan (May 2015)

2015 ADB Annual Meeting: Notes on the 48th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank, Baku, Azerbaijan (May 2015)

Asia is heading back to basics as lower commodity prices, weak overseas demand, and rising inequality prompt changes to the region’s economic development model. At the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank in Baku, trending topics such as regional integration and the promotion of regional bond markets were pushed down the agenda. Instead, finance

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Bridging Asia and Europe Through Maritime Connectivity: China’s Maritime Silk Road and Indonesia’s Maritime Axis (March 2015)

Bridging Asia and Europe Through Maritime Connectivity: China’s Maritime Silk Road and Indonesia’s Maritime Axis (March 2015)

In 2013, in front of the Indonesian Parliament, China’s President Xi Jinping announced the launch of a Maritime Silk Road. This massive connectivity project linking Asia and Europe encompasses the building and upgrading of maritime infrastructures. One year later, the newly-elected Indonesian President, Joko Widodo announced the project to make Indonesia a “maritime axis”. This

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