Thomas Hale co-authors landmark report on China's Belt and Road Initiative

Thomas Hale, Associate Professor of Global Public Policy, co-authored one of the most comprehensive reports on China's Belt and Road Initiative.

Aligning China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with global and national sustainable development targets is necessary to meet global climate and sustainability goals.

'Belt and Road Decision-making in China and Recipient Countries: How and To What Extent Does Sustainability Matter?' explores the processes through which Belt and Road Initiative projects originate, develop and are implemented. It provides a series of recommendations, grouped in 'three Cs' — capacity, coordination, and control — to reshape the incentives BRI decision-makers face to consider sustainability.

The report is published with Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) and ClimateWorks Foundation. Co-authors are Chuyu Liu. Chuyu (postdoctoral fellow ISEP) and Johannes Urpelainen (Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and founding director of ISEP).