AHCD Faculty Associate and Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology Till Mostowlansky recently co-authored two policy-oriented factsheets on China’s engagement with the world through development and infrastructure.
The first, entitled Demystifing the Belt and Road Initiative, takes issue with the assumption that Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects are implemented top-down and driven solely by China’s interests. Instead, it argues that BRI projects are not financed or initiated by Chinese actors alone, but rather in concert with host countries and international institutions.
The second, entitled China’s global development model: Looking beyond the Belt and Road Initiative, argues that China’s engagement in global development is “diffuse” and goes well beyond the Belt and Road Initiative.
His participation in the factsheets comes out of his membership in the SNSF project “Roadwork: An Anthropology of Infrastructure at China’s Inner Asian Borders” at the University of Fribourg, as well in the ERC project "China, Law, and Development” at the University of Oxford.
His forthcoming book, titled “Infrastructure and the Remaking of Asia” will be released in Open Access in October.