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Top experts and journalists from around the world discuss the politics, economy, and culture of Central Asia. Hosted by Nate Schenkkan.
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Jun 24, 2016

For this episode, I talked with Angela Stanzel of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) about the think tank's new report, Absorb & Conquer: An EU Approach to Russian & Chinese Integration in Eurasia. This episode is a follow-up to episode 16 on the same topic.

The podcast focuses on the Chinese perspective on OBOR and on Central Asia. Near the end, we get to the nub of what worries me about the plan--whether it is actually premised on economic development beyond China, or if it is just an outlet for Chinese overcapacity and excess foreign exchange reserves.

ECFR, Absorb & Conquer: An EU Approach to Russian & Chinese Integration in Eurasia, June 2016

World Bank, The Impact of China on Europe and Central Asia, April 2016

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Jun 20, 2016

For this episode, I spoke with Sarah Lain of the Royal United Services Institute about China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) plans in Central Asia--what they are and aren't, the assumptions behind them, and how different Central Asian countries have responded to them. This is the first of two consecutive episodes on OBOR and Central Asia. 

Sarah Lain, China's Silk Road in Central Asia: Transformative or Exploitative, Financial Times, 27 April 2016 

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