CSIS is now accepting applications for the Spring 2021 Belt and Road Executive Course. 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. Download the course brochure here.



DATE: March 15-19, 2021


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, the Middle East, and the Arctic.
  • China's "Digital Silk Road" and New Infrastructure.

Expert Instructors

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.

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 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, CSIS

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

Kristen Cordell, Visiting Council on Foreign Relations in International Affairs Fellow, CSIS

Judd Devermont, Director of the Africa Program, CSIS

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

Murray Hiebert, Senior Associate, Southeast Asia Program, CSIS

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

Dr. Agatha Kratz, Associate Director, Rhodium Group and Adjunct Fellow, 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

Jane Nakano, Senior Fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program, CSIS

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

Stephanie Segal, Senior Fellow of 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

Dr. Min Ye, Associate Professor of International Relations, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University


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