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·         The Confucius Institute is organizing “The Environment-Security Nexus in China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative” by Julie Klinger (from Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University) on November 17 in the Massry Center for Business – B010. What’s it about? Nearly 70 countries and international organizations have signed up for China’s “One Belt One Road” initiative for global trade. These countries collectively account for 62% of the world’s population and 30% of its economic output. The “One Belt” part of it refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt while the “One Road” refers to the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road. Jointly, they’re meant to be a revival of the ancient Silk Road trading routes. The program is an estimated $5 trillion infrastructure spending spree across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, filling the void left by the US under Donald Trump’s “America First” policy. China pledged at least $113 billion in extra funding for the initiative, and urged countries across the globe to join hands in pursuit of globalization. It’s all about building massive stuff, mostly around transport and energy: roads, bridges, gas pipelines, ports, railways, and power plants.

·         Michael Roy of the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health (Glasgow Caledonian University) presented “Social Enterprise, Health Inequalities, and the Social Determinants of Health” on July 15 in the Massry Center for Business – BB 110, University at Albany, Uptown Campus.

·         Michael Zakkour presented “GLOBALIZATION 2.0: How Alibaba, Amazon and Chinese Consumers have Remade the World” on March 4 in the Massry Center for Business, University at Albany. For more information, see http://www.albany.edu/confucius/lectures/lecture03042016.shtml.

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Updated: November 8, 2017