Past event

Corporate Members

Director's Breakfast Briefing

Partners and Major Corporates

The New Silk Road: Transforming Vision into Realities?

Chatham House, London


Professor Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy, IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland; Founder, Evian Group, IMD; Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong


The New Silk Road, also known as One Belt One Road or Belt and Road, could have the potential to become one of the largest economic development initiatives of the 21st century. The initiative harks back to the commercial network that spread across the Eurasian continent over a period of more than fifteen centuries until the late Middle Ages and lays out potentially attractive business opportunities for the future. However, the plan faces major geopolitical, financial, administrative and logistical challenges among other obstacles.

Although focused on the Eurasian continent and the Indian Ocean, the New Silk Road also opens prospects for Africa and Latin America.

Jean-Pierre Lehmann, who will have earlier in the month attended the 2016 Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce Summit in Xi’an, will assess the initiative’s main driving forces, trends, policies, strategic implications and obstacles. He will argue that, despite its challenges, business leaders should have the New Silk Road on their strategic radar.

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

This event is only open to Major Corporate Member and Partner organizations of Chatham House. If you would like to register your interest, please RSVP to Linda Bedford. We will contact you to confirm your attendance.