Analysis

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.

Dr. Catherine L. Phipps

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The Case for a Trans-Caspian Bridge

| By Edward N. Luttwak

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

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The Struggle Behind the Trans-Siberian Railway

| By Tom Zoellner

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.

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Safety on the New Silk Road

| By Georges Bou-Saab, Yunzhi Zheng, et al.

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

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The Panama Canal’s Cautionary Tale

| By Jonathan E. Hillman

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.

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Russia-China Slow to Gain from Belt and Road Cooperation

Since the proposal to link China's Belt and Road initiative with the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union in 2015, few projects have materialized and little has happened on the ground.

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China to shape international trade via Belt and Road

| By Tony Padilla

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 ...

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The Case for a Trans-Caspian Bridge

| By Edward N. Luttwak

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

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Competing Visions

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