Monday, 13.11.17 to Tuesday, 14.11.17 - Manila, Philippines

The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and its security implications

Manila (Philippines) – The first of three regional workshops on the 21st century maritime silk road takes place in Manila to address the security implications of China’s One Belt and Road Initiative in South East Asia

Design: Kawin Tadtiam © FES / Kawin Tadtiam

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an ambitious long-term integration and cooperation vision for the Eurasian continent, Africa, maritime corridors and beyond.

Analyses of the security dimensions of the BRI thus far have been limited in political and academic discourse, with the majority focusing on economic implications.

To fill the gap, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) are organizing a regional workshop “The XXI Maritime Silk Road: considering Security Implications” on 13-14 November in Manila, Philippines

Part of a joint project by FES and SIPRI on the One Belt and Road Initiative, at the workshop participants will address questions to arrive at a clearer understanding of how the Road interacts with security dynamics in South East Asia, and how it impacts the economic and security interests of stakeholders in South East Asia and abroad.

First in a series of three regional workshops, the Manila one is part of a joint project by FES and SIPRI, that builds on the conclusions from past field and desk research of the security implications of the Belt by SIPRI and FES. One outcome of the past undertakings is a policy report that was published in February 2017 (see related news).  

Similarly, the results from the workshop series kicking off in Manila this November on the 21st century Maritime Silk Road will inform the content of a policy paper for all One Belt and Road stakeholders, yet concentrating on the EU. ###

For more information on the joint activities by SIPRI and FES on the One Belt and Road Initiative contact, Knut Dethlefsen of the Asia-Pacific Department in Berlin, Germany.  

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