Long Live the Autocrat and Neo-Colonialism

  • James M. Dorsey
Part of the Global Political Transitions book series (GLPOTR)


China’s setbacks serve as evidence that One Belt, One Road’s success depends on popular buy-in from countries involved. Reinforcing authoritarian governance, including stepped-up surveillance and Chinese influence in national media, was ultimately likely to backfire. Stability as a pre-condition for the success of One Belt, One Road is likely to be best achieved by transparency and ensuring that everyone has a stake in the project rather than secrecy and increased authoritarianism.


China Pakistan Xinjiang Uyghurs Eurasia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Dorsey
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  1. 1.S. Rajaratnam School of International StudiesNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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