SEMINAR: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: is this a first step towards a sino-centric regional order? – Silvia Menegazzi

24 February 2016, 1-3pm, 34 Tyndalls Park Road, Bristol, Room G0.2

The presentation intends to analyse the strategy that led China to establish the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and its likely consequences for the regional and global economic order. The creation of the AIIB embodies a considerable shift for the Chinese approach to regional and global governance, constituted by an increasing will to promote a transition from a ‘Western-led governance’ to a more inclusive ‘East-West co -governance’. Is the AIIB initiative just an instrument created to sustain China’s economic prosperity and Xi Jinping’s call for a ‘Chinese Dream’? Is it a consequence of China’s growing frustration with the Bretton Woods’ architecture? Or, is it rather a first stepping stone towards a new China-centered financial and economic order? Does this entail a relevant threat to the world’s economic order and its institutions? Or is it more simply a symptom of the increasing normative and institutional plurality of the current international order? In this light, the seminar will scrutinize Beijing’s new multilateral project taking into account China’s growing regional role, and in particular, its renewed centrality in the East Asian region. In the course of the seminar, particular attention will be devoted to the analysis of the challenges and priorities as discussed by Chinese scholars, policy analysts and think tanks’ experts.

About the speaker:

Silvia Menegazzi, PhD, is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science at LUISS Guido Carli University and Visiting Academic Fellow at Warwick University. Before being awarded a PhD in Political Theory at LUISS University, she completed a MSc in International Politics (2009-2011) at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and a MA in Languages and Culture of East Asia at Rome University La Sapienza (2001-2007). While enrolled at La Sapienza she received one -year scholarship from the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs to spend a year in China (2006-2007) studying Chinese Language and History at Renmin University in Beijing. She has been PhD Visiting Student at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing in 2013 and awarded of the Confucius Institute Scholarship to study at the East China Normal University in Shanghai in 2012. Her general research interests include Western and Chinese international relations theory, Chinese foreign policy and civil society and East Asian politics.

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