The Diplomat published on 17 October 2016 an analysis titled "Is the Belt and Road Initiative Globalizing China's National Security Policy?" by Sabine Mokry, research associate at the Mercator Institute for China Studies.
Although the analysis is focused on Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East, it also has implications for Africa. The author concludes that China's One Belt, One Road has important long-term internal effects on the development of China's global security posture. It helps to channel and focus domestic security debates by providing a reference point and creating a context for concrete policy actions.