Event — Webinar

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: the case of Pakistan

An online interactive lecture by Gul-i-Hina Shahzad, Research Fellow at IIAS.

The lecture will take place from 11:00-12:00  a.m. Amsterdam Time (Central European Summer Time, CEST).

In this lecture, Gul-i-Hina will discuss the economic and political dimensions of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and their interplay with the current institutional set-up of Pakistan. The lecture will focus on understanding the China-Pakistan relations in the pre and post-CPEC phase with a specific focus on the development of the port of Gwadar in Balochistan.

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an evolving project and continues to expand, and China has signed 200 cooperation documents with 138 countries, and 30 international organizations thus far. Under BRI, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been regarded as the ‘flagship’ project with an initial investment of $46 billion in 2013, and currently valued at $62 billion. Given this, it becomes crucial to understand and unpack the nature of the CPEC portfolio, Sino-Pak bilateral dynamics as well as the opportunities and challenges it brings for Pakistan and the region at large.  

The Speaker

Gul-i-Hina Shahzad, Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, is a doctoral candidate of Political Studies at the University of Milan, and part of the Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Studies (NASP) in Italy. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. Previously, she studied Economics and Political Science at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Lahore, Pakistan where she was involved in several research projects while working as a research assistant as well as a teaching assistant at LUMS.

The Webinar

The lecture will take about 30 minutes. After that, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage directly with the speaker and the rest of the audience.


You can join this live webinar, by sending us your contact information via the registration form on this page. Two days before the start of the webinar, we will get in touch with you and provide you with access information and other necessary details. We hope to see you on the 25th of June!

NOTE: If you fail to receive our reply, please check your email spam box.