Belt and Road Initiative: The Eurasian Cold War?

This paper examines the One Belt One Road Initiative (BRI), led by China, and investigates the strategies of participant and non-participant countries. The main question is how this large-scale project may affect Eurasian politics. To carry out such a discussion, the paper comparatively surveys the strategies and political discourses related to BRI of both participant (China, India, and Russia) and nonparticipant countries (the US and Great Britain) who take an active part in politics and economics throughout Eurasia. In conclusion, this paper suggests that BRI will lead to some indication of the emergence of a Cold War-like conflict in Eurasia, although the main promise of this initiative is to accelerate cooperation in this interregional area.

Authors: Ali Ihsan Kahraman