Jonathan E. Hillman, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), is director of the Reconnecting Asia Project, one of the most extensive databases tracking China's Belt and Road Initiative.
[T]he book points up a central, unresolved paradox of China in the world...Hillman's book is at its most beguiling when he recounts his traveller's tales. At one point, he finds himself in Aktau, a port on the Kazakhstan side of the Caspian Sea. This is a crucial link for the BRI, a place from which cargo and people cross the huge inland sea on ships that connect Asia with Europe. -James Kynge, Financial Times Jonathan Hillman's new book offers a reality check on Beijing's global infrastructure project . . . No mere desk-bound theoretician, he provides personal accounts of visits to key projects across Africa and Asia, struggles with bureaucracy and mutual suspicion at China's borders, bringing all their logistics to life. -Peter Neville-Hadley, South China Morning Post Hillman takes us on a wonderfully engaging journey along China's Belt and Road. He weaves together fresh insights from on-the-ground interviews across the Eurasian continent with fascinating historical references to provide the definitive account of this grand-scale initiative that challenges our understanding of traditional geopolitical and strategic boundaries. -Elizabeth C. Economy, author of The Third Revolution The Emperor's New Road is a small book that shows the industriousness of a big one: a complex blend of travel, history, politics, and economics about the greatest long-running geopolitical story of our time, China's new Silk Road. It shows the big picture as well as the vital, ground-level details. -Robert D. Kaplan, author of The Return of Marco Polo's World and The Revenge of Geography China's Belt and Road is reshaping the world's economic and strategic landscape, and in this sweeping and thought-provoking tour, Jonathan Hillman reveals the gaps between Beijing's grand rhetoric and ground reality. Required reading for the C-Suite and the Situation Room. -Stephen J. Hadley, former U.S. National Security Advisor An outstanding book by one of the most interesting and original thinkers about the rise of China, the Belt and Road Initiative, and what both mean for the rest of the world. Filled with insights into the changing world of the twenty-first century-essential reading. -Peter Frankopan, author of the international bestseller The Silk Roads: A New History of the World Jonathan Hillman offers an insightful contribution that helps cut through the noise on one of the most important projects of China's foreign policy. -Graham Allison, Harvard Kennedy School of Government