Today I am taking a train from Ulan-Ude, my hometown, to nearby Irkutsk (according to the Russian standards, 7 hours train ride is very close). Then in the middle of the night flying from Irkutsk to Beijing to attend the Yenching Global Simposium 2017 at Peking University. Unfortunately, there is only one flight per week… Continue reading On the way to Beijing
When I tried to explain to my mom the topic of my PhD research project, she thought that I would literally deal with silk trade. However, the One Belt One Road Initiative or as it is also called predominantly in the Western media - the New Silk Road - will lead to more than just boosting… Continue reading What is One Belt One Road (OBOR or 一带一路) aka Belt and Road aka New Silk Road?
China’s most recent challenge is, arguably, its transformation from a manufacturing-driven and export-led economy to one sustained by services and domestic consumption under the “New Normal”, namely China’s slowing economic growth. According to the economic theory, growth in the long run depends on changes in capital, labor and technology/productivity. The “New Normal”, therefore, has been… Continue reading Origins of the Belt and Road Initiative: China’s economic slowdown, Clinton’s New Silk Road, TPP?
So here are the application questions and my answers to them. How would you reply? Please, do share your ideas below. Why would you like to participate in the Yenching Global Symposium, and how do you see yourself contributing to the Symposium? This can include your research, a project you are currently working on, or… Continue reading Yenching Global Symposium 2017: successful application – part 2
This year I have tried my luck applying to the Yenching Global Symposium for the second time (last year I wasn't accepted). To my greatest joy, this time it went much better. According to the official acceptance email, just 76 delegates were selected out of more than 2,100 people who applied. So I was extremely proud… Continue reading Yenching Global Symposium 2017: successful application – part 1
My attempts to write in German... Der Artikel „Prost! Auf den Untergang!“ erschien am 8. Dezember 2016 in DIE ZEIT. In dem Artikel geht es um die Auflösung der Sowjetunion am 8. Dezember 1991. 25 Jahre später rekonstruiert der Autor, Michael Thumann, die dramatischen Tage in der Staatsdatscha in Wiskuli. Diese historische Reportage wurde in… Continue reading Mein Heimat im Spiegel der deutschen Tagespresse: die Auflösung der Sowjetunion
I'm launching a blog, because I was told so. I'm launching a blog, because I am inspired. I'm launching a blog, because I always wanted to. I'm launching a blog, because I have things to share. I'm launching a blog, because I want to be "out there" in the world-wide-web and write about things I deem… Continue reading First Post