Brian Franchell is a Senior Project Manager with the Political and Security Affairs group at NBR. Mr. Franchell manages the following projects: the Military and Security Implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Maritime Awareness Project, the Strategic Implications of China-Russia Relations, and an American Strategy for the Indo-Pacific. He holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a focus on international politics and security in Asia. His research interests include political and security issues in the Indo-Pacific and China’s foreign policy. Mr. Franchell speaks Mandarin and French.