GLODEM Center of Koc University
Welcome to the Center for Research on Globalization, Peace, and Democratic Governance (GLODEM). GLODEM is an academic and policy-oriented research center based at Koc University, Istanbul.
The purpose of GLODEM is to analyze dynamics of domestic and international economic and political interactions relevant to its three areas of expertise: globalization and political economy; peace and conflict resolution; and democratic governance. These dynamics include international finance and investment; new and ongoing conflicts; and evolving contexts of governance in established, emerging, and eroding democracies.
GLODEM engages academia, public agencies, private entities, and civil society organizations relevant to its areas of expertise. This engagement enables GLODEM to support meaningful, relevant research and analysis. This engagement also positions GLODEM as a central source of information and recommendations.
How the New Chinese Silk Road offers Istanbul an unprecedented opportunity
As Christopher Columbus set foot on the Caribbean Islands in October 1492, it marked the beginning of the end for the old world order and the start of the Atlantic era. The Ottoman Empire and the Chinese Ming Dynasty were at their height at this point, commanding the trade in their respective Mediterranean and East Asian regions. Both of these old world empires were well-aware of this rapid development thanks to their legendary naval explorers, Barbaros Hayreddin and Zheng He, but were unwilling to join the Western civilisations in their exploitation of the Americas. As a result, the millennial Silk Road lost its appeal as the Western explorers flocked to the resource-laden new found lands.
Such reluctance has cost both these civilisations quite significantly, as both were eventually dominated severely by the rising European powers in the following centuries. Xi Jinping’s New Silk Road project...
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