“The New Silk Roads: Is the Age of the West Coming to an End?”

Date: Thursday, 2nd March 2017
Time: 14.00-15.00
Venue: IPU Room, Westminster Hall, London SW1A 0AA

Chaired by Richard Graham MP (Chair of the APPCG)

  • Dr Peter Frankopan (Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, author of “The Silk Roads: A New History of the World”)

China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” is an open-ended project to connect land and sea trade routes with massive infrastructural investment stretching from East to West (and down into Southeast Asia). If the stated ambitions of this project come to fruition, it will be the most important development shaping global trade and development in the 21st century.

Our speaker, Oxford University historian and bestselling author Dr Peter Frankopan, is an expert on the ancient web of routes known as the Silk Roads, which once carried merchants, missionaries, travellers and conquerors across Asia to Europe. The APPCG is delighted to welcome Peter to speak to us about how this global centre of gravity is now rising again. In his words, “the shift of economic and political power to Asia is not new or revolutionary, but a return to how the world used to look.”


Dr Peter Frankopan is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia Central Asia and beyond, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. He also specialises in medieval Greek literature, and translated The Alexiad for Penguin Classics (2009).

Peter often writes for the international press, including The New York Times, Financial Times and Guardian and has contributed to many TV and Radio documentaries. He was recently profiled in China Daily, China’s largest English language newspaper, and in Good Times (Pakistan) about his new book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World.