CSIS is now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 Belt and Road Executive Course in a live format. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a $1 trillion flagship foreign policy effort of Chinese president Xi Jinping, could reshape global networks of trade, transport, and political ties within and between countries for decades to come. But since its announcement, the BRI has remained shrouded in confusion and controversy, and it now faces major challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing insights from leading experts and the Reconnecting Asia Project, the most extensive effort to map and analyze these developments to date, CSIS has developed a Master’s-level introduction to China’s BRI. This private, virtual course explains what the BRI is, what it is not, and how it is impacting commercial and strategic realities on the ground.



DATE: September 14 - 18, 2020 (8:00am to 1:00pm EDT)


TUITION: $3,000


Comprehensive Seminars

  • China's "Health Silk Road" and Covid-19 Impacts.
  • Debt Sustainability.
  • Sino-Russian Cooperation and Competition.
  • China’s Domestic Politics and Economic Motivations.
  • Ground Realities in Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Latin America, and the Arctic.
  • China's "Digital Silk Road" and New Infrastructure.

Expert Instructors

Seminars are led by a diverse group of experts with a wide range of experience in academia, the private sector, and U.S. and foreign governments:

Romina Bandura, Senior Fellow with the Project on Prosperity and Development and Project on U.S. Leadership in Development, CSIS

Michael Bennon, Managing Director at the Stanford Global Projects Center, Stanford University

Heather A. Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and Director of the Europe Program, CSIS

Dr. Alexander Cooley, Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College and Director of The Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Judd Devermont, Director of the Africa Program, CSIS

Matthew P. Goodman, Senior Vice President for Economics and Simon Chair in Political Economy, CSIS

Dr. Zhang Haibing, Assistant President and Director of the Institute for Global Governance, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies

Jonathan E. Hillman, Director of the Reconnecting Asia Project and Senior Fellow with the Economics Program, CSIS

Sarah Ladislaw, Senior Vice President and Director of the Energy Security and Climate Change Program, CSIS

Dr. J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health Policy Center, CSIS

Margaret Myers, Director of the Asia and Latin America Program, Inter-American Dialogue

Gregory B. Poling, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia and Director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, CSIS

Richard M. Rossow, Senior Adviser and Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies, CSIS

Stephanie Segal, Senior Fellow with the Economics Program, CSIS

Erol Yayboke, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow with the Project on Prosperity and Development and Project on U.S. Leadership in Development, CSIS


For more information, please contact Maesea McCalpin, Associate Director of the CSIS Reconnecting Asia project, at mmccalpin@csis.org.