Super Continent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration
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Dr Kent Calder, author of Super Continent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration, speaks on the ongoing transformation of Eurasia against the backdrop of the Belt and Road Initiative at Asia Society Hong Kong.
A Eurasian transformation is underway, and it flows from China’s resurgent leadership in the region. With a geopolitically central location, the country’s domestic and international policies are poised to change the face of global affairs. Most recently, the Belt and Road Initiative is deepening Eurasian continentalism with significant implications than have yet been recognised.
In his meet-the-author session, Dr Calder shares his take on the developments of Eurasia. He traces key inflection points – starting with the Four Modernisations and the collapse of the Soviet Union, and culminating in China’s response to the Global Financial Crisis and Crimea’s annexation – that are triggering tectonic shifts in the continent. Dr Calder contends that an understanding of China’s emerging regional and global roles requires grasping two ongoing transformations – within China and across Eurasia – and that the two forces at work are profoundly inter-related.
Dr Calder serves as Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is also Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies and served from 2016-2018 as Director of Asia Programs.