Join us in this comprehensive discussion with Dr. Ivo Ganchev as we delve deep into the intricacies of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). From understanding its primary objectives to addressing concerns surrounding debt diplomacy, Dr. Ganchev provides enlightening insights into BRI’s governance, funding, and its position on the global stage. Plus, we explore the relationship between BRI, BRICS, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), and consider the implications of competitors like the EU’s Global Gateway.


  • Overview of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
  • Definition of BRI
  • Nature of BRI: Is it a Document, Strategy or Framework?
  • Beneficiaries of BRI
  • Governance and Transparency in BRI
  • Funding Sources of BRI
  • BRI and Debt Diplomacy
  • BRI Investment Studies in Chinese Universities
  • BRI’s Resilience to Geopolitical Changes
  • The EU’s Global Gateway: A BRI Competitor?
  • Synergy of BRICS, SCO, and BRI
  • Challenges and Shortcomings of BRI

Ivo Ganchev

Dr. Ivo Ganchev is a London and Beijing-based consultant, executive, and expert in International Relations. With an illustrious academic journey spanning Newcastle University, the London School of Economics, and Peking University, Dr. Ganchev has extensively advised global firms on their strategic interactions with China. He has held significant positions, such as Vice-Chairman of the Bulgaria-China Chamber of Commerce and Global Partner at TopBrand Union. His insightful writings have been featured in eminent journals like ‘Strategic Analysis’ and ‘World Affairs’, and he has been a distinguished faculty at institutions including Queen Mary University of London and Beijing Foreign Studies University. Currently, he’s at the forefront of establishing the Centre for Regional Integration, a cutting-edge research hub examining regional integration’s intricacies and global implications.

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