IPPA Public Lecture: Central Asian "Characteristics" on China’s New Silk Road

Date: 27 September 2017
Other languages: Русский язык |

27 September 2017, 4:00 pm

Dr. Troy Sternberg 
School of Geography and the Environment                  
University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

China’s $1 trillion One Belt, One Road (OBOR) infrastructure project has significant landscape, socio-economic, and political implications in recipient countries. To date, investigation has focused on Chinese motivation and plans rather than OBOR impact in host nations. This paper examines the programme from the perspective of two Central Asian states—Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan—that are at the heart of OBOR. We identify geographical factors that constrain infrastructure, recognise geopolitical contestation between Russia and China, address historical and cultural factors, and consider issues of institutional capacity and marginality that may be impediments to China’s initiative. The discussion then focuses on how OBOR may play out in Central Asian landscapes and suggests how to conceive and address the unprecedented transformation in the region’s built environment. Critical issues are that OBOR has not been grounded in the physical geography, practical understanding of OBOR’s impacts is missing, and the state-citizen-China nexus remains unexplored. As pivot nations, OBOR implementation in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan will showcase the Chinese programme’s strengths and highlight its weaknesses.

Dr. Troy Sternberg researches the interaction of climate hazards, environments and societies across Asian drylands, including Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. He received his PhD from Oxford University for work on the Pastoral Environment of the Gobi Desert. His awards include the British Academy Fellowship, Thesiger-Oman Desert Fellowship, John Fell Fund, British Science Award, EU Cooperation in Science and Technology, Royal Geographical Society and the US Fulbright Scholarship. His latest publication Climate Hazard Crises in Asian Environments and Societies came out in 2017. Troy is now researching the impacts of One Belt, One Road in China’s border states. Troy first visited Kazakhstan in 2001; in 2015 he spoke at EurAsian National University and Semey State University and in 2017 at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

Regional Branch of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs ATAMEKEN
4th Floor Conference Room
7 Micro-rayon, 10, Business Center Koktem Grand
Taldykorgan, Republic of Kazakhstan

The presentation will be in English. Russian translation provided upon prior request.

Please RSVP to Madina Junussova (+7 777 055 0881) with your name and affiliation. Please indicate if you require Russian translation.

* Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.

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