Rachel Vandenbrink is a program specialist in USIP's Asia Center, where she supports the China and North Korea programs. Before joining USIP she worked as English news editor for Radio Free Asia and interned with International Crisis Group and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in international relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School. She is proficient in Chinese and Japanese.

Publications By Rachel

China’s 'Belt and Road' Initiative: Promises and Perils

China’s 'Belt and Road' Initiative: Promises and Perils

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

By: Jennifer Staats ; Rachel Vandenbrink

China’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure and investment plan is sending Chinese state-owned enterprises to build roads, ports, railways, and other projects in areas that more risk-averse companies traditionally avoid. From Asia to Africa, this massive initiative increasingly will engage China in areas afflicted by violent conflict.

Economics & Environment; Global Policy

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