EconVue Special Report on OBOR and Iranian Election
posted by Lyric Hughes Hale on May 22, 2017 - 9:13am
Last week marked the One Belt One Road Forum in Beijing. The new Silk Road is a foreign policy masterstroke, but some are beginning to be concerned that OBOR might become a political and economic quagmire, given the diversity of the 68 countries it hopes to include. The likeliest scenario is that it will create significant benefits for some countries such as Pakistan, where there is clear linkage and alignment, but the road is likely to be bumpy elsewhere. This week we’ve included a range of comments that examine possible constraints to growth, including competition from the two other great powers in the region, Japan and India.
Yesterday, I interviewed the director of the National American Iranian Council, Middle East foreign policy expert Trita Parsi. He has a new book coming out very soon from Yale University Press Losing an Enemy-Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy. We discussed Friday’s landslide (57%) re-election of President Hassan Rouhani, and what this means for Iran, the region, the US, and the world. To link to the ten points Dr Parsi made during our conversation, please click here. Registered EconVue users are welcome to comment on this panel. Of note since the interview, President Trump’s remarks on Iran during his speech on Islam in Saudi Arabia today have reportedly dampened any election celebrations in Iran.
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