Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Blues: Powering BRI Research Back on Track to Avoid Choppy Seas

  title={Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Blues: Powering BRI Research Back on Track to Avoid Choppy Seas},
  author={Jean-Marc F. Blanchard},
  journal={Journal of Chinese Political Science},
This piece examines and critiques the massive literature on China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It details how research currently seems stuck on the road to nowhere. In addition, it identifies a number of the potholes that collective research endeavors are hitting such as that they are poorly synchronized. It also stresses that lines of analysis are proliferating rather than optimizing, with studies broadening in thematic coverage, rather than becoming deeper. It points out that… 

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