[WEBCAST] The Belt, the Road, and the CoronavirusVIEW EVENT DETAILS
This is the third in a series of web-only events by the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) entitled “Coronavirus, Asia, and the World.” In the coming weeks, ASPI will be presenting web-only programs every Tuesday and Thursday to analyze the full scope of the ramifications from the novel coronavirus for the region and the world. All events will be live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook. For information about future events in this series and for ASPI’s additional coronavirus content see here.
Through the multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, China has set out to connect nearly every continent through a massive network of ports, railways, and other infrastructure projects. But the pandemic has suddenly introduced a new risk factor into this grand experiment in global connectivity. Fear of contagion, as well as the anticipated economic costs of the battle to contain the Coronavirus, threaten to disrupt many of the projects.
In this Thursday's edition of Coronavirus, Asia, and the World webcast, ASPI Vice President Danny Russel will discuss the impact of coronavirus, and the possibility it may trigger a global recession, on the Belt and Road projects, on its host country populations and economies, and on China’s plan to create new corridors of infrastructure to facilitate the flow of goods, services and people around the world.
Daniel Russel is Vice President for International Security and Diplomacy at the Asia Society Policy Institute. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, he most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs, where he helped formulate President Obama’s strategic rebalance to the Asia Pacific region.
Anubhav Gupta (moderator) is an Associate Director with the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York. He develops and coordinates ASPI's initiatives related to South Asia. Previously, Gupta worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco. He received his master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.