The conference aimed at exploring the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of China with a special emphasis on the Eastern Mediterranean. Experts from around the world were called to address questions such as the following: What is the importance of the region for China and what are Beijing’s plans for it? What are the perceptions regarding BRI among Eastern Mediterranean states and how could they contribute to the development of the region? What other great-power interests are at stake? Could China’s policy be beneficial for the Eastern Mediterranean?
PANEL 1 – Setting the Scene: the BRI in the Global and European Context
PANEL 2 – The BRI in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East
PANEL 3 – The BRI and Regional States of Interest