'One Belt One Road' and Security in Xinjiang

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In this event, Dr Michael Clarke, internationally recognised expert on the politics of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and Chinese foreign policy, will discuss China's ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy and security in Xinjiang. 

In his presentation, Dr Michael Clarke will argue that Beijing faces a dilemma in balancing its plans for greater Eurasian economic interconnectivity with the risks that presents for the cross-border transmission of militant forces and ideologies from Central and South Asia. He will also address the rise of Uyghur terrorism and militancy and its connection to radical Islamism in Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East.

Dr Michael Clarke is an internationally recognised expert on the history and politics of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China (PRC), Chinese foreign policy in Central Asia, Central Asian geopolitics, and nuclear proliferation and non-proliferation. He has generated numerous academic peer reviewed publications across these fields of research since 2005 including one sole authored book, one co-authored book, five edited books, eleven book chapters and twenty journal articles. He also regularly provides expert media commentary on Uyghur/Xinjiang and Chinese foreign policy-related issues to national and international media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, USA Today, LA Times, Voice of America, BBC News, the New York Times, the Guardian and Reuters among others. He has also provided advice and testimony to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Chinese policy in Xinjiang and China's foreign policy in Central Asia and Afghanistan.

This event is free of charge and open to all. For any queries, please contact Hannah Croft, Project Officer, at HannahC@rusi.org.

For press enquiries, please contact Jack Haines, at JackH@rusi.org.

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