Current Research

Articles in progress:

Analyzing the Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on Human Rights norms:

How does the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) affect attitudes towards China in BRI member states? Are member states of the BRI less outspoken about China’s domestic human rights abuses? How does BRI membership affect voting patterns in the United Nations General Assembly? To what extent does BRI membership affect China-related public statements by politicians?

In an ongoing research with Sabine Carey and David Weyrauch, we systematically analyze these questions relying novel empirical evidence from survey experiments, Twitter data, and UN voting data. For our research project, we collected novel global data on BRI membership for all states in the international system. This new data source and more information on our research project can be found here:

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