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Laura M. Luehrmann, Ph.D. (Advisor); Pramod Kantha, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Liam Anderson, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

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Master of Arts (MA)


What are Beijing’s intentions behind the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)? China’s foreign policy efforts between 2010 and 2017 are analyzed by comparing five indicators to BRI project spending to understand the goals driving the initiative. Five indicators are used to compare how China’s interest between Belt participants and Road participants: image building, economic volatility, public opinion, energy resources, and geostrategic location. These indicators are applied to four case study BRI participants to rate China’s interest and then compare that to overall BRI project spending. The four case studies are Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan from the Belt portion of BRI and Vietnam and Sri Lanka from the Road portion.

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Department of Political Science

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