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Spring 2018

The New Silk Road: a Path to Peace?

In a time of increasing tension on the international political stage, China’s 21st century attempt to recreate the Silk Road with their One Belt, One Road Initiative poses the question of what impacts this initiative will have on a global and regional scale, especially in regards to peace efforts.

To discuss China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative and the future impacts this initiative will have, Norway House's Minnesota Peace Initiative has invited three panelists to take part in an engaging discussion on the issue.

Joining us will be three experts knowledgeable in the current situation with China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative and the political landscape. These experts include:

  • Carla Freeman, Director of the Foreign Policy Institute at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

  • Tom Hanson, Program Secretary of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations.

  • Jonathan E. Hillman, Director of the Reconnecting Asia Project and Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C., where he holds the Simon Chair in Political Economy.

RECAP From the MPI Committee:

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Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our latest Minnesota Peace Initiative event, CHINA - The New Silk Road: A Path to Peace? This event brought in over 200 attendees for an evening of great conversation regarding a very important global issue.

The speakers were exceptional: Carla Freeman, Director of the Foreign Policy Institute at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Tom Hanson, Program Secretary of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations, and last but not least, Jonathan E. Hillman, Director of the Reconnecting Asia Project and Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C., where he holds the Simon Chair in Political Economy.

A very special thank you to new friends of the Minnesota Peace Initiative program, who supported this event: Global Minnesota, Minnesota-China Business Council, and Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. Please visit the our website and watch for updates regarding our next MPI program.

Best Regards,

The Minnesota Peace Initiative Committee:
Janet Dolan, Larry Bakken, Jeanne Porter, Robin Cole, Bill Bloedow, Jim Lewis, Tom Hanson, Sue Droegemueller, Karen Tuzcu, Ken Hjelm, Peter Skjervold, Mark Knapp, Khalid Dayib, David Distad, Helen Stidger Distad, Anja Kroll, Soni Styrlund and Lydia Hubert-Peterson