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  • Trekking 5,500 Miles Across the Silk Road | Nov. 21, 2017, 9 a.m.

    Three Americans Walk the historic silk road from Xi’an to Istanbul to examine globalization and the dissemination of people, products, and ideas along the largest network of trading routes in the ancient world.

  • China’s Balkan Silk Road | Nov. 20, 2017, 10:08 a.m.

    The magnitude of the Balkan Silk Road project poses a mixture of opportunities and policy challenges for countries engaging in or seeking to benefit from its implementation.

  • Explorers' View of China's Belt and Road Initiative | Nov. 17, 2017, 9:13 a.m.

    In China, where high-speed rail and brand-new highways are visibly transforming the lives of workers and families, the potential of the Belt and road is apparent. However, outside of China, the BRI remains largely hype for now.

  • 105 Nights | Nov. 16, 2017, 1:39 p.m.

    Follow three young explorers from Venice to Beijing as they study how ancient trading routes are being reshaped by China's Rise.

  • Is Asia Reconnecting? | Nov. 6, 2017, 8:56 a.m.

    This report highlights essays from our Big Question series - an analysis collection that explore the drivers and implications of the massive infrastructure push taking place across the Eurasian continent.

  • China, Sri Lanka Talk Infrastructure in Beijing | Oct. 31, 2017, 2:22 p.m.

    Quotes and Quotas is a weekly digest of powerful phrases and facts that help explain Asia’s infrastructure push.

  • Belt and Road at China's 19th Party Congress | Oct. 26, 2017, 10:51 a.m.

    Quotes and Quotas is a weekly digest of powerful phrases and facts that help explain Asia’s infrastructure push.

  • Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century | Oct. 18, 2017, 1:17 p.m.

    It is time to expand transparent, high-standard regional lending mechanisms – tools that will actually help nations instead of saddle them with mounting debt.

  • When Russia Sold Alaska | Oct. 18, 2017, 9:33 a.m.

    When the United States took possession of Alaska from Russia, 150 years ago today, it paid less than two cents an acre. So what happened to the global market for territory?

  • China's Global Aid Footprint | Oct. 12, 2017, 10:12 a.m.

    Quotes and Quotas is a weekly digest of phrases and facts that help explain Asia’s infrastructure push.

  • Many Belts and Many Roads | Oct. 11, 2017, 9:55 a.m.

    Quotes and Quotas is a weekly digest of powerful phrases and facts that help explain Asia’s infrastructure push.

  • Mapping the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor | Oct. 4, 2017, 9 a.m.

    This analysis evaluates the proximity of Pakistan's population to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor's highway network.

  • Competing Visions | Sept. 28, 2017, 1:47 p.m.

    CSIS's leading regional experts discuss how the ambitious connectivity visions of regional powers across Eurasia could re-shape the future of the super-continent.

  • Chinese High-Speed Rail in Southeast Asia | Sept. 18, 2017, 9:14 a.m.

    "I really like China" a diplomat told us a few months ago, "they are the only ones around with a plan for the 21st century." That plan – China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) – has, however, raised ample concern, from Asia all the way to the Berlin and Washington.

  • Where Does China's Belt and Road Go? | Sept. 11, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

    The Belt and Road Initiative is principally an attempt to get China’s regional story right and manage this ambivalence in ways that stand in its favor. The idea is a large and ambitious one.

  • China and India End Border Stand-off | Aug. 28, 2017, 12:53 p.m.

    Quotes and Quotas is a weekly digest of phrases and facts that help explain Asia’s infrastructure push.

  • Failing to Bridge the Divide in Russia-Japan Relations | Aug. 28, 2017, 9:31 a.m.

    Putin and Abe will meet at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 6-7, but several obstacles are likely to prevent a major breakthrough in infrastructure cooperation.

  • The Scramble for Eurasia | Aug. 22, 2017, 2:29 p.m.

  • China's Eurasian Century | Aug. 17, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

    Nadège Rolland discusses her new monograph which explores the drivers and implications of China's Belt and Road initiative, a massive connectivity effort that proposes more than $1 trillion in new infrastructure and could reshape the Eurasian supercontinent.

  • The Iron Silk Road’s Centerpiece | Aug. 8, 2017, 9 a.m.

    When operational, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway could unlock new trade patterns and shift Eurasia’s economic center of gravity inward. The potential gains are significant, but so are the obstacles in laying the Middle Corridor of the New Silk Road.

  • ASEAN at Fifty | Aug. 4, 2017, 1:58 p.m.

    Quotes and Quotas is a weekly digest of phrases and facts that help explain Asia’s infrastructure push.

  • A Second Look at China-Europe Trains | July 26, 2017, 10:24 a.m.

    The news is full these days of “historic” train links between China and Europe. But these powerful symbols aren’t always what they seem. A closer look cautions against declaring that the Silk Road is ba

  • Asia’s Mega-Infrastructure and Its Impact on Human Rights | July 25, 2017, 8:55 a.m.

    A new report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) leverages data from the Reconnecting Asia project to explore the potential human impacts of mega-infrastructure.

  • China to Shape International Trade Via Belt and Road | July 19, 2017, 2:27 p.m.

    As an Asia Pacific power with enormous economic and strategic stakes in the Belt and Road region, the United States cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and watch these infrastructure developments abroad unfold.

  • China’s High-Speed Dream Hits the Buffers | July 17, 2017, 12:42 p.m.

    China’s high-speed rail ambitions are running off the tracks, the Financial Times reports in a special investigation that draws from Reconnecting Asia’s database.

  • The Case for a Trans-Caspian Bridge | July 11, 2017, 9 a.m.

    A trans-Caspian bridge could transform the landlocked condition of Central Asia and Kazakhstan, a revolutionary change psychologically and materially.

  • Quoted: Xi and Abe on Infrastructure | July 6, 2017, 5:45 p.m.

    Quotes and Quotas is a weekly digest of phrases and facts that help explain Asia’s infrastructure push.

  • The Struggle Behind the Trans-Siberian Railway | July 5, 2017, 9:24 a.m.

    Other than the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, it is hard to envision a national transportation project that was less about daily efficiencies and more about psychological conquest than the Kremlin’s effort to build a railroad across Siberia.

  • Japan’s Ports and Power | June 28, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

    A country’s transportation infrastructure is plugged into other national and supranational networks in such a way as to impact, not just domestic economic interests, but also advance national security and foreign policy objectives.

  • The Panama Canal’s Cautionary Tale | June 27, 2017, 9 a.m.

    The Panama Canal began with coercion, was built at tremendous human and economic cost, and for decades operated with little benefit to locals. In many ways, Panama’s experience last century underscores the risks for developing countries of pursuing megaprojects with this century’s rising power: China.

  • Modi’s Infrastructure Spending Spree | June 26, 2017, 9 a.m.

    Quotes and Quotas is a weekly digest of phrases and facts that help explain Asia’s infrastructure push.

  • The Muscle Behind China’s New Silk Road Is Over the Horizon | June 26, 2017, 9 a.m.

    The U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team was the only amphibious power in the Indian Ocean—but not for much longer as the People’s Liberation Army Marine Corps is over the horizon.

  • ADBI Recommended Reading | June 22, 2017, 9:19 a.m.

    Here is a selection of work from ADBI related to four areas the Reconnecting Asia Project covers: climate change and sustainability, energy, regional integration, and infrastructure finance.

  • Infrastructure Boom Offers Fresh Start on Asian Road Safety | June 19, 2017, 8:54 a.m.

    Done right, Asia's massive infrastructure push could improve road safety, particularly for developing economies such as Kazakhstan.

  • Safety on the New Silk Road | June 16, 2017, 10 a.m.

    For developing economies like Kazakhstan, Asia’s infrastructure push offers opportunities to improve road safety.

  • AIIB Gathers in South Korea | June 12, 2017, 11:59 a.m.

    Quotes and Quotas is a weekly digest of phrases and facts that help explain Asia’s infrastructure push.

  • India and Pakistan Join the Shanghai Club | June 8, 2017, 2:25 p.m.

    What might have alarmed U.S. strategists during the Cold War could be cause for relief. The addition of India and Pakistan to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization signals a potential shift away from military coordination and toward economic cooperation.

  • Strategic Infrastructure | June 5, 2017, 10:02 a.m.

    Infrastructure is often viewed as a domestic economic issue, but throughout history, key projects have also advanced national security and foreign policy objectives.

  • Economically Connecting the Arctic | June 1, 2017, 4:44 p.m.

    If Russia and China successfully drive development to connect Asia and Europe through a northern Arctic Belt, Road, and Circle, we will know that the Arctic Age is upon us.

  • Should the West heed China's siren call for 'Globalization 2.0'? | June 1, 2017, 8:27 a.m.

    If the West remains silent by failing to help shape the Belt and Road or to offer an alternative, China's rhetoric will increasingly become reality.

  • Kick-Start Private Infrastructure with Future Tax-Sharing Bonds | May 26, 2017, 9:14 a.m.

    Financial engineering is driven by new approaches to old problems, as the surprising success of green bonds and social or development impact bonds has shown us. Hopefully, the time of the kicker bond for infrastructure has arrived.

  • China's Belt & Road Grows at Forum | May 25, 2017, 5:13 p.m.

    Quotes and Quotas is a weekly digest of phrases and facts that help explain Asia’s infrastructure push.

  • China’s Strategic Gateway to the Indian Ocean | May 24, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

    Ultimately, CPEC may have a great effect in Pakistan and on Pakistan-China relations, but it does not address issues of connectivity in South Asia.

  • OBOR-Heard in Beijing | May 23, 2017, 3:46 p.m.

  • Arctic Maritime Connections | May 17, 2017, 9 a.m.

    Profound changes are happening in the Arctic Ocean, especially the increases in marine access from sea ice retreat, but these changes do not foretell a retooling of global maritime trade routes as many speculate.

  • China’s “Belt and Road” Initiative Must Become a Strategy | May 10, 2017, 9 a.m.

    An initiative has the benefit of being viewed as less threatening, more open ended, and more inclusive than a strategy. But it also lacks the focus, coherence, and substance of a real strategy. The distinction between initiative and strategy is more than simple semantics. It captures the central challenge the Belt and Road faces.

  • Iran's Railway Revolution | May 10, 2017, 8:55 a.m.

    Better infrastructure will not make Iran's economic success inevitable, but it certainly will shape the strategic landscape in which Iran makes its future decisions.

  • President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road” Forum | May 9, 2017, 7:47 p.m.

    China’s biggest diplomatic event of the year was on May 14–15, when President Xi Jinping welcomed leaders from 28 countries and delegates from 110 countries at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.

  • Belt and Road Summit | May 9, 2017, 5:57 p.m.

    The Belt and Road’s expansiveness is a double-edged sword. Chinese officials can highlight individual successes and, pointing to a long roster of participants, they can claim international support. Beneath its global banner, though, the Belt and Road is mostly bilateral deal-making.

  • China in the Arctic | May 9, 2017, 9 a.m.

    At present, economic interests are not at the forefront of China’s Arctic priorities, which are being used more as a political tool to achieve other goals: establishing the physical foundations for China’s Arctic rights, shaping governance norms, and preparing to tap into resources there.