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 the course agenda here.




DATE: March 11-13, 2020

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

TUITION: $4,000


Limited space is available. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


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.

Dr. Jon B. Alterman, Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director of the Middle East Program, CSIS

Romina Bandura, Senior Fellow of the Project on Prosperity and Development, CSIS

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

Judd Devermont, Director of the Africa Program, CSIS

Dr. Rush Doshi, Fellow and Director of the China Strategy Initiative, Brookings

Dr. Kelly Sims Gallagher, Director of the Center for International Environment & Resource Policy, Tufts University

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

John G. Graham, Principal Industry Specialist, Global Transport Group, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Jonathan E. Hillman, Director of the Reconnecting Asia Project and Senior Fellow of the Simon Chair in Political Economy, CSIS

Lori Kerr, Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist, Global Infrastructure Facility, World Bank

Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS

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

Dr. Amy Searight, Senior Adviser and Director of the Southeast Asia Program, CSIS

Stephanie Segal, Senior Fellow of the Simon Chair in Political Economy, CSIS

Paul Triolo, Pratice Head, Geo-technology, Eurasia Group

Dr. Anthony Wanis-St. John, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

Erol Yayboke, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow of the Project on Prosperity and Development, CSIS

H.E. Dato' Azmil Mohd. Zabidi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Malaysia in Washington D.C.


For more information, please contact Barbara Petzen, Director of CSIS Training Initiatives, at