Webinar: China Belt and Road Initiative


China Belt and Road Initiative


Dr. Rafiq Dossani

Director, RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy

Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Dr. Manuel Serapio

Associate Professor of International Business & Entrepreneurship

CIBER Director

University of Colorado Denver


Webinar recording from June 16, 2020

Presentation Slide Deck & Working Paper


Dr. Dossani discusses the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), an initiative for transcontinental infrastructure construction conceptualized in China and under implementation in over 70 countries. The BRI primarily promotes the building of physical infrastructure that will connect to partner countries globally.

Despite its needs-based approach, the BRI has been widely criticized for creating undesirable effects, such as increasing partner countries’ economic dependence on China through debt-trap lending. In this presentation, Rafiq will identify and explain what is different about the BRI, the evidence that is available on the impacts of the BRI, and the implications for policymakers.

Takeaways from this webinar include:

    • Understanding the economic and geopolitical implications of the BRI, which is now the world’s largest development finance initiative.
    • Understanding the contributions of the BRI and what makes it worthy of scholarly research.
    • Understanding the critiques and controversies surrounding the BRI and the evidence to address the concerns.

This presentation is based on Dr. Dossani’s working paper which is available for download here:  https://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR1338.html.


About the Speakers





Dr. Rafiq Dossani
Director, RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy
Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Rafiq Dossani is director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy, a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He works on education, finance, regional development, security, trade, and technology issues. Recent projects include academic medical center design in China, the Belt and Road Initiative, blended delivery models in higher education, security in the Korean Peninsula, smart city development in China, studies of Taiwan’s security and prosperity, trade relations in Asia, and the use of artificial intelligence in elder home health care in Taiwan.

Previously, Dossani was director of Stanford University’s Center for South Asia and a senior research scholar at Stanford University’s Institute for International Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in finance from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a B.A. in economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.






Dr. Manuel Serapio
CIBER Director and Professor of International Business & Entrepreneurshi
University of Colorado Denver

Professor Serapio received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and MBA from the University of Hawaii. He is the recipient of multiple teaching awards and has generated more than $6 million in sponsored grants.

Specializing in design and development of global business education programs, he has consulted for Starbucks Coffee International, Western Union/First Data Corporation, Molson Coors International, Cisco Systems, IBM, Global Healthcare Exchange, Arrow Electronics, RE/MAX International, TVI (Singapore), ePLDT Ventus (Philippines), Jinling Petrochemical (PRC), Korea Banking Institute, Avitus Group, Nokero International, and others.

Dr. Serapio led development of the Faculty Development in International Entrepreneurship (FDIE) program for UC Denver CIBER, offering the program to more than 200 faculty members across the world since 2005.




The International Business Webinar Series is a project of the national CIBER Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Consortium, led by Georgia State University CIBER and sponsored by CIBERs at Florida International University, George Washington University, Indiana University, Loyola Marymount University, Michigan State University, Temple University, Texas A&M University, University of Colorado-Denver, and the University of Maryland. This program is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education.



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