Conference on The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its Impact on Human Rights Compliance Along the ‘New Silk Road’

Organizer: Research Committee 34 “Quality of Democracy” of the International Political Science Association, OSCE Academy in Bishkek, the Center on Governance through Human Rights, and the Maecenata Foundation’s MENA Study Centre

About the Workshop

  • When: Monday 16 May 2022 from 9:00 to 17:00h CEST  
  • Free Registration

The workshop will take place in English. Online participation is possible.  

China’s New Silk Road Initiative (Belt and Road Initiative, BRI) has been spinning its logistical and infrastructural web around the world since 2013. Massive infrastructural investments in tracks and roads as well as in the agricultural and energy sector and logistical centers were made in over 50 countries in Eurasia. BRI is a central component of Chinese investment policies across the Eurasian continent and has been largely affected and interrupted by the current war in Ukraine, too.  

Overall, China’s involvement and programs affected core public policy areas in over 100 countries in the world, and hence human rights and governance. It has a transformative impact in various directions, triggering on the one side social movements, sometimes protest and on the other, consolidating autocratic regimes and suppression.  

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Login details will be transmitted to all registered online participants on Friday 13 May, 2022.

More information on the conference website: Visit Here 

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Dr. Anja Mihr — OSCE Academy in Bishkek / HVGP Centre on Governance through Human Rights  

Dr. Brigitte Weiffen — The Open University, Milton Keynes / IPSA RC 34 “Quality of Democracy” 

Dr. Udo Steinbach –– MENA Study Centre  

Contact Viktoria Kaffanke at Maecenata Foundation (  

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