Italy’s Embrace of the Silk Road: A hope for all of Europe

It is no secret that the rise of the Belt and Road Initiative has created a positive dynamic for international relations. While many branches of the Belt and Road Initiative which officially united with Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union in 2015, have manifested itself across Europe in the form of rail lines and ports, to this…

Russia Before the Revolution: A Voyage Along the Silk Road in Colour

Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky (1863 – 1944) was a Russian chemist and photographer. He is best known for his pioneering work in colour photography, in particular, his colour portrait of Leo Tolstoy. It was this fame that, in 1909, brought him to the attention of Tsar Nicholas II who would provide funding and the authority for Prokudin-Gorsky to…

The Russian-China Polar Silk Road Emerges

Whether the Arctic will become a platform for cooperation or warfare has been a question often posed throughout the past 150 years. As early as 1875, a vision for Eurasian-American cooperation was becoming realized as leading Americans and Russians alike foresaw the construction of telegraph and even rail lines across the 100 km Bering Strait…

US-China Collaboration Summit Offers Hope in Resolving Tension

A beacon of sanity shown through the darkness this week as 400 U.S. state leaders, business people, non-profits and Chinese delegates representing four provinces, converged on Lexington, Kentucky from May 22-24 for the 5th Annual US-China Governors Collaboration Summit. The summit was a breath of fresh air in a sea of increasing turmoil and hostility between…

Canada Joins NASA’s Lunar Gateway

On February 28, 2019 a new policy announcement was made in Ottawa Canada that called for a re-orientation towards space exploration in partnership with NASA on an endeavor known as the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G) program. This program was first announced at a Press conference in the morning with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accompanied…