Author Profile :
Nadège Rolland is Senior Fellow for Political and Security Affairs at NBR (the National Bureau for Asian Research), where she directs NBR’s new projects that bring in European perspectives and interests, including projects in the area of 'new trilateralism'. Prior to joining NBR, Ms. Rolland served as senior adviser to the French Ministry of Defense and was responsible for analyzing diplomatic, military, and domestic political developments across the region. From 2008 to 2014 Ms. Rolland served as Desk Officer for China and Adviser on Northeast Asia in the Ministry of Defense's Directorate for Strategic Affairs. In these positions she wrote reports for the defense minister and other senior government officials, coordinated inter-agency policy reviews, and directed an external research program on a wide range of topics, including China’s military modernization, diplomatic strategy, leadership dynamics, and treatment of ethnic minorities; the domestic politics and defense policies of Japan, South Korea, and Mongolia; maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas; and Europe’s evolving role in Asia. From 2005 to 2008 Ms. Rolland lived and worked in Singapore, first as a graduate student and then as research analyst in the China Program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. From 2003 to 2005 she was a senior analyst of Asia-Pacific affairs at the French Defense Ministry’s Directorate for Strategy. Between 1994 and 1998 she worked in the Ministry as a China analyst. In June 2007 Ms. Rolland received a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. She graduated first in her class, receiving the UOB Gold Medal Award for the most outstanding student and an A+ for her dissertation on China’s naval ambitions and their implications for regional security. She also holds a BA on contemporary Asia and a master of science in Chinese language with distinction from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris. Ms. Rolland speaks and reads Mandarin. She is fluent in English and has knowledge of Italian and Serbo-Croat.
BRI is not value-free. In the end, the choice that Western governments will make about whether to explicitly engage with Beijing on this initiative comes down to whether they still believe in the values they have upheld, and the order they have fought for, for the last 70 years.