Stockholm Belt and Road Observatory

The Stockholm Belt and Road Observatory is an independent research network dedicated to questions arising in relation to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China’s growing global footprint.

Gathering expertise from several leading Swedish institutions, the observatory serves as a platform for collaboration and knowledge sharing for actors in academia, government, civil society and the business sector.

The observatory was officially launched at a seminar on 4 June, 2018. The event included discussions about how the BRI is impacting Sweden and Europe, how the BRI relates to Chinese global leadership, and how to handle challenges emerging from the BRI.

Selected publications from members of the network

Bohman, Viking & Christer Ljungwall, The Strategic Rationale for European Engagement in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, UI Brief no. 6, 2018.

Fägersten, Björn, ‘Europa måste ha en ny strategi för Sidenvägen’, Dagens industri, 2018.

Ghiasy, Richard & Jiayi Zhou, The Silk Road Economic Belt: Considering security implications and EU–China cooperation prospects, SIPRI, 2017.

Ghiasy, Richard, Fei Su & Lora Saalman, The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road: Security implications and ways forward for the European Union, SIPRI, 2018.

Hallgren, Henrik & Richard Ghiasy, Security and economy on the Belt and Road: Three country case studies, SIPRI, 2017.

Hellström, Jerker, China’s Acquisitions in Europe: European Perceptions of Chinese Investments and their Strategic Implications, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), 2016.

Hellström, Jerker, Sounding boards and door-openers – China's political priorities in the Nordic countries, FOI, 2016.

Ljungwall, Christer & Viking Bohman, ‘Mending Vulnerabilities to Isolation: How Chinese Power Grows out of the Development of the Belt and Road Initiative’, RUSI Journal 162(5), 2017.

Ljungwall, Christer, Björn Jerdén, Mikael Weissmann & Viking Bohman, ‘Sverige bör få EU att ställa tydliga krav på Kina’, Svenska Dagbladet, 2018.

Malmström Rognes, Åsa, ‘Development Assistance Thinking and Practice – Japan, China and a Pivot to Asia’, Stockholm School of Economics, 2017.

Malmström Rognes, Åsa, ‘Does the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank add Anything New to Multilateral Finance in Asia?’, Stockholm School of Economics, 2017.

Nordin, Astrid H. M. & Mikael Weissmann, ‘Will Trump make China great again? The Belt and Road Initiative and international order’, International Affairs 94(2), 2018.

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