Video On Demand

China's Belt and Road at Five

October 1, 2018 • 10:00 am – 2:30 pm EDT

Five years ago, Chinese president Xi Jinping announced the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a trillion-dollar plan that aims to connect more than 70 countries via an overland “belt” and a maritime “road.” Join the CSIS Reconnecting Asia Project for a conversation examining China’s BRI, including the challenges, risks, and opportunities it poses for the United States.


10:00 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction
John J. Hamre
President and CEO, CSIS
10:05 a.m. - Reconnecting Asia Presentation
Jonathan E. Hillman
Senior Fellow and Reconnecting Asia Director, CSIS
10:20 a.m. - Panel 1: China’s Maritime Silk Road
Vice Adm. Andy Brown
President and CEO, National Defense Transportation Association
Judd Devermont
Director, Africa Program, CSIS
Nilanthi Samaranayake
Analyst, China and Indo-Pacific Security, CNA
Amy Searight
Senior Adviser and Director, Southeast Asia Program, CSIS
Moderated by:
Matthew P. Goodman
Senior Vice President; William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy and Senior Adviser for Asian Economics, CSIS
12:00 p.m. - Armchair Discussion: The China Challenge
Kurt M. Campbell
Chairman and CEO, The Asia Group, LLC
Kathleen H. Hicks
Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair; Director, International Security Program, CSIS
1:00 p.m. - Panel 2: The Silk Road Economic Belt
Rilka Dragneva-Lewers
Professor of International Legal Studies, University of Birmingham
Nargis Kassenova
Senior Fellow, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
Nadège Rolland
Senior Fellow for Political and Security Affairs, NBR
Stephanie Segal
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Simon Chair in Political Economy, CSIS
Moderated by:
Steve LeVine
Future Editor, Axios; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown; Author, The Powerhouse

A light lunch will be served.

This event is made possible by the generous support of General Electric Company (GE) and USA Maritime.

John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership

Jonathan E. Hillman

Kathleen H. Hicks

Amy Searight