National School of Arts Researchers Features in Carnegie Council Publication

Published: Wednesday 16th December 2015

Octavia Bryant, a PhD researcher in the National School of Arts, has published an essay with her supervisor, A/Prof Mark Chou, in the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs' monthly column, Carnegie Ethics Online.

The essay looks at the rise of China and the claims that the country is now supporting autocratic powers through its foreign investments and development practices. Through an examination of the much-discussed New Silk Road initiative, proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013, the essay raises the question of whether China's new bold vision for the Asia-Pacific will tip the balance against democracy in the years to come.

Ms Bryant, who is a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award and an ACU top-up scholarship, is writing her thesis on the rise of populist parties in the aftermath of financial crises. Together with A/Prof Chou, she continues to research and teach in Chinese politics.

The full essay can be accessed here: