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 in 2013, the BRI remains shrouded in confusion and controversy. 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 three-day Master’s-level introduction to China’s BRI. The course explains what the BRI is, what it is not, and how it is impacting commercial and strategic realities on the ground. Download a sample course agenda here.


DATE: Fall 2020 dates coming soon.

LOCATION: CSIS Headquarters, 1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

TUITION: $4,000


Comprehensive Seminars

  • China’s Domestic Politics and Economic Motivations.
  • Impacts in Strategic Regions including Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and the Arctic.
  • Sino-Russian Cooperation and Competition on the “New Silk Road.”
  • Debt Sustainability.
  • China’s Digital Silk Road, including the Race for 5G.

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.


For more information, please contact Maesea McCalpin, Associate Director of the CSIS Reconnecting Asia project, at