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 six years since it was announced, 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 will host a three-day Master’s-level introduction to China’s BRI. The course will explain what the BRI is, what it is not, and how it is impacting commercial and strategic realities on the ground.



DATE: September 11-13, 2019

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

TUITION: $4,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 30, 2019. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until capacity is reached.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Comprehensive Seminars

  • China’s domestic politics and economic motivations.
  • Impacts in strategic regions including Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Arctic.
  • Sino-Russian cooperation and competition on the “New Silk Road.”
  • “Debt trap diplomacy.”
  • China’s Digital Silk Road, including the race for 5G.

Expert Instructors:

The seminars will be led by a diverse group of experts with a wide range of experience in academia, the private-sector, and U.S. and foreign governments:

William A. Carter, Deputy Director and Fellow, Technology Policy Program, CSIS

Dr. Victor Cha, Senior Adviser and Korea Chair, 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 Institution

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, Infrastructure & Natural Resources Department, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group

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

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

Sarah Ladislaw, Senior Vice President and Director and Senior Fellow of the Energy and National Security Program, CSIS

Natalie Lichtenstein, Inaugural General Counsel for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Scholar, Johns Hopkins SAIS

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

Michael A. Matera, Director of the Americas Program and Senior Fellow, CSIS

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

Erol Yayboke, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Project on Prosperity and Development, Project on U.S. Leadership in Development, 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 Additional participants will be announced.

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

Additional instructors to be announced soon.

Negotiation Simulation

The negotiation simulation allows participants to experience firsthand the complexities of negotiating a BRI project with expert coaching from an experienced pracitioner.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


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