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Nick Sundin

Nick Sundin

Project title

Classical and Critical Geopolitics of China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Examining US/Chinese Discourses on Belt and Road


Research Cluster

Power, Space and Politics

Project description

This research considers the key question around China’s Belt and Road Initiative from the perspective of geopolitics – whether it poses a challenge to US hegemony – by examining both US and Chinese official and non-official discourses on BRI. It seeks to explore how US and Chinese actors view the geopolitical landscape of BRI as terrain for great power competition or cooperation, through a combination of intertextual discourse analysis and elite interviews. Thus, this research offers new perspectives on the debate “Can China Rise Peacefully?”, and further brings the framework of critical geopolitics into conversation with this debate.

Nick Sundin with a canon


British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies, 2021 Annual Conference - "Fear and Loathing in the Indo-Pacific? US Think Tanks, the Belt and Road Initiative, and the Geopolitics of US-China Competition"

Academic Qualifications

BA, MA (Newcastle)