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China’s prospects after the 19th Communist Party Congress: envisioning multiple scenarios

11 December 2017 @ 9:00 am – 13 December 2017 @ 1:00 pm Europe/Rome Timezone
Villa Schifanoia
Via Giovanni Boccaccio
121, 50133 Firenze
Matthias Kindel


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Application deadline: 12 November 2017




Scientific Coordinators

Giorgia Giovannetti | European University Institute & University of Florence

Giovanni Andornino | University of Torino and Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai)




This Executive Training Seminar brings together European and Chinese scholars with vast experience in strategic foresight and policy analysis for an intensive program combining insights into China’s socio-political and economic dynamics and current global trends with a highly interactive methodology.

Over the first two days of activities, participants will be exposed to multiple perspectives on the outcomes of the 19th congress of the Chinese Communist Party and, more broadly, on China’s latest cycle of domestic reforms, their impact on world trade, regional and global macro-economic stability, and international development. Beijing’s increasingly proactive economic, foreign and security policies will be examined in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative, President Xi Jinping’s signature proposition to enhance Eurasian connectivity thorough China’s leadership.

The Executive Training Seminar then culminates in a half-day-long scenario-making exercise. Participants are led to identify and assess relevant macro-variables, isolating megatrends and critical uncertainties in order to articulate alternative “futures” and discuss appropriate policies to steer from the “official future” to the preferred scenario.



Giovanni Andornino, University of Torino and Torino World Affairs Institute

Giorgia Giovannetti, European University Institute and University of Florence

Fang Jin, China Development Research Foundation

Zhao Minghao, International Department of the Communist Party of China

Men Honghua, Tongji University


** KEYNOTE SPEECH: Romano Prodi (TBC) **




Training courses offered by the Academy of Global Governance are generally free of charge. Admission, though, is granted only on the basis of a successful application (APPLY HERE). Confirmed participants are expected to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves.



There is a limited number of scholarships available, designed as contribution to the coverage of a participant’s travel and accommodation costs. These scholarships are strictly reserved to people from the least developed countries as defined by the United Nations. Application deadline for scholarships: 30 October 2017.