Belt and Road Initiative

BY: Robert David Kaplan

PEJOURNAL – The Belt and Road Initiative ( BRI ), formerly known as One Belt One Road, is a global development strategy adopted by the Chinese government in 2013 involving infrastructure development and investments in nearly 70 countries and international organizations.

Amid news around 25-year agreement between Iran and China, that links East and West of Asia together and it seems to be a core point in BRI, Robert D Kaplan explains the function and possibilities of this initiative here in this video. He is an American writer and Geopolitician. Kaplan was a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, DC; he rejoined the organization in 2015. Between 2012 and 2014, he was chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, a private global forecasting firm. In 2009, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appointed Kaplan to the Defense Policy Board, a federal advisory committee to the United States Department of Defense. In 2011, and 2012, Foreign Policy magazine named Kaplan as one of the world’s “top 100 global thinkers.” In 2017, Kaplan joined Eurasia Group, a political risk consultancy, as a Senior Advisor. In 2020, he was named to the Robert Strausz-Hupé Chair in Geopolitics at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.