China’s global ambitions in the age of Xi Jinping: envisioning multiple scenarios

October 1, 2018 – October 3, 2018 all-day Europe/Rome Timezone
Villa Schifanoia
Via Giovanni Boccaccio
121, 50133 Firenze FI
Matthias Kindel

Executive Training Seminar, 1-3 October 2018

in collaboration with the TOChina Hub and the School of Transnational Governance 


Scientific Coordinators

Giovanni B. Andornino | University of Torino, European University Institute and Torino World Affairs Institute

Giorgia Giovannetti | University of Florence and European University Institute


This Executive Training Seminar brings together European and Chinese scholars with robust experience in strategic foresight to explore the most salient political and socioeconomic trends currently defining China’s domestic transformations as well as Beijing’s increasingly ambitious international posture. It offers outstanding graduate students, young scholars and professionals an intimate setting that encourages informal interaction and hands-on learning through scenario-making techniques. Over the first two days of training participants will be exposed to a variety of perspectives on the strategic outcomes of the 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party, including its implications for China’s foreign policy and for the next cycle of domestic reforms envisaged to enhance the country’s competitiveness. Special attention will be devoted to the Belt and Road Initiative and the ‘Made in China 2025’ programme. Scholars will reflect on how President Xi Jinping’s stated goal of moving China to the global centre stage by 2049 will reverberate on security dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region, on world trade and global macroeconomic stability, and on international development. In pursuit of a learning experience that generates actionable knowledge for participants, the Executive Training Seminar then culminates in a half-day scenario-building exercise. In a very interactive session, participants identify and assess relevant macro-variables, isolate mega-trends and critical uncertainties, articulate alternative ‘futures’, and discuss appropriate policies to steer from the ‘official future’ to their preferred scenario.


Final Programme

Applications closed



Giovanni B. Andornino | University of Torino, European University Institute and Torino World Affairs Institute, Italy
Alain Baron | European Commission, Belgium
Paolo Costa | former President of the Venice Port Authority, Italy
Giorgia Giovannetti | University of Florence and European University Institute, Italy
Jean-François Huchet | INALCO, France
Katherine Morton | University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Jian Zhang | Beijing University, China



Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 16 September 2018.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 2 September 2018.



Kindly note that this Executive Training Seminar, offered by the Academy of Global Governance in collaboration with the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai), will be held back to back with three other ETS in the days after:

Beyond Bretton Woods: China and the changing landscape of international development finance (4-6 October 2018)

Harmony in diversity? India’s new role in the “one world family” (8-10 October 2018)

The resilience of Russia’s global outreach: challenges and opportunities (11-13 October 2018)

Should you be interested in attending more or even all of them, we will need you to apply separately, however. Deadline for all training courses of that period is 9 September 2018.