Belt, Road, and Beyond

A CSIS Executive Course

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a $1 trillion flagship foreign policy effort of Chinese leader 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, hybrid course explains what the BRI is, what it is not, and how it is impacting commercial and strategic realities on the ground.


Date: Spring 2022 course dates will be announced soon.

Location: Hybrid

  • Online
  • CSIS Headquarters: 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. (proof of vaccination required for in-person attendees)

Tuition: $3,500

Comprehensive Seminars

China’s Health Silk Road and Covid-19 impacts

China’s Lending and Debt Risks

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

Expert Instructors

Seminars are led by a diverse group of experts with a wide range of experience in academia, the private sector, and government. Instructors from the November 2021 course included:

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 the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development, CSIS

Michael Bennon, Managing Director, Stanford Global Projects Center

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

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

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

Murray Hiebert, Senior Associate of the Southeast Asia Program, CSIS; Author of Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia’s China Challenge

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

Neelima Jain, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies, CSIS

Agatha Kratz, Associate Director, Rhodium Group; Adjunct Fellow of the Reconnecting Asia Project, CSIS

Dr. Cheng-Chwee Kuik, Associate Professor and Head of the Centre for Asian Studies, National University of Malaysia; Nonresident Fellow of the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Xue Lei, Research Fellow of the Institute for World Economy, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies

Matthew Mingey, Senior Analyst, China Macro & Policy team, Rhodium Group

W. Gyude Moore, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development

Dr. J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health Policy Center, CSIS

Margaret Myers, Director of the Asia & Latin America Program, Inter-American Dialogue

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

Conor Savoy, Senior Fellow, Project on Prosperity and Development, CSIS

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

Dr. Ye Yu, Associate Research Fellow and Assistant Director of the Institute for World Economy, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies

Dr. Wang Yuzhu, Director of the BRI Studies Center, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies


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