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.



DATE: September 11-13, 2019

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

TUITION: $4,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The application period for the Sept. 11-13 session is now closed.


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 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. To learn more, download a sample agenda here.


For more information or to inquire about applying for future iterations of this course, please contact Maesea McCalpin at