Oute-terre, special issue India

I am very honoured to announce that I am now the (international) executive editor and international affairs officer of Outre-terre, a European geopolitical journal.
Outre-terre is chaired by Prof.Michel Korinman (Paris Sorbonne) who founded the journal.

Prof.Korinman is committed to explaining the current geopolitical issues.
Without prejudice, Prof. Korinman tackles all questions, and invites authors with very different backgrounds to contribute to his in journal. If many authors are academic scholars, Outre-terre also welcomes journalists, politicians, entrepreneurs among authors.
Outre-terre journal is therefore a work of exchange that helps to better apprehend the world.
In an unstable world where we are often offered ready-made answers, Outre-terre aims to broaden our readers’ horizons.

Our latest issue, entitled “Nouvelle Delhi? (New delhi?) focuses obviously on India.
More than 30 authors agreed to publish their research results and share their insightful views of India and its relations with the world.

I personally contributed to this issue with two articles.

“L’Inde et l’OTAN: quel partenariat?” (India and NATO, which partnership?)

In this article, I study the recent improving relations between India and NATO members, but I argue that NATO-India relations are mostly defined by US-India relations, and that for NATO, facing some challenges in Europe, India is not a priority.

“L’Inde face aux nouvelles routes de la Soie” (India and the new Silk Roads”)

This article tries to expain why India has still not joined the Belt and Road Iniative developed by China. I also introduce the other connectivity strategies adopted by India and regional powers. I show that Indian neighbours, by joining the BRI are trying to balance their relations with both India and China.

Outre-terre is published by Ghazipur, London.

Interview with China Daily

Interview with China Daily (English version). Cecily Liu, journalist at this Chinese media, asked me about the involvement of French companies in Chinas’ Belt and Road Initiative. I highlighted the need for closer cooperation between France and China for the realization of the new Silk Roads.

This article is available here.

Geocultural Forum 2018

On September 27, was held in Saint Petersburg the first Geocultural Forum.

This event was organized by the Municipality of Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg University, Dialogue of Civilizations and Soong Ching Ling Foundation, and aimed at developing cultural ties between China, Russia and Central Asia.

I was a speaker at this event and made a presentation entitled: “Promoting multilateralism to address possible cultural challenges along the New Silk Road”. I explained that both China and Russia needed to adopt a multilateral approach to their projects in Central Asia.

 

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Wallonia Export Days

For the “Wallonia Export Days” organized by the Walloon Export Agency on June 4-5 2018 in Louvain-la-Neuve, I made a presentation about the challenges of the new Silk Roads to an audience made of Belgian entrepreneurs and export experts.

I insisted on the fact that the new Silk Roads are not just railroads connected China to Europe. I called on  European companies to seize opportunities offered by the “Belt and Road initiative” in all states involved in this programme.

The new infrastructure will create development in many parts of Asia and Africa. The AWEX agency has understood the importance of this initiative for Walloon companies.

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Roundtable at DOC Research Institute

On May 30 2018, I took part to a roundtable on “Infrastructure development in emerging economies” hosted by DOC Research Institute, a think tank based in Berlin.

Sebastien Goulard with Prof. Valentine Udoh James

My presentation focused on financing “Belt and Road” projects. I explained the gradual approach adopted by China to finance infrastructure projets along the new Silk Roads. I also argued that these infrastructure projects were necessary for the development of both Asia and Africa.

This event was coorganised by DOC Research Institute and T20 Argentina.

Macron and China, article in AsiePacifique News

I recently wrote a small article on French president’s visit to China and his ambitions to become China’s privliged interlocutor on the Belt and Road initiaitve in Europe. It is the good time now for France to seize this opportunity!

Goulard, Sébastien (2018), “Chine – France : le président Macron un interlocuteur privilégié sur les nouvelles routes de la Soie” (China-France: President Macron a privileged interlocutor on the new Silk Roads), Asie Pacifique News, February 28, accessed at https://asiepacifique.fr/chine-france-le-president-macron-nouvelles-routes-de-la-soie-obor/.

 

Presentation at MEDports forum 2018

On the occasion of the second edition of the MEDports Forum 2018, held in Marseille on February 7-8 2018, I was invited as speaker at a round table devoted to the opportunities offered by the “Belt and Road” initiative to Mediterranean ports. I focused mainly on the BRI network structure and emphasized the impact of this project on emerging economies in Africa and Asia.

This presentation, entitled “Emerging Economies and Integration along the Belt and Road Initiative” is available online.

President Macron’s visit to China

In early January 2018, president Macron made an official visit to China. The French president wanted France to be involved in China’s new Silk roads to become China’s leading interlocutor in Europe, and support innovation. France and China may cooperate on green developement.

I wrote a small article about this subject in TheDiplomat.

Goulard, Sebastien (2018), “France and China’s Green Silk Roads”, The Diplomat, January 13, accessed at https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/france-and-chinas-green-silk-roads/.