Belt, Road, and Beyond: The CSIS Belt and Road Executive Course


Course Dates
March 11-13, 2020
CSIS Headquarters,
1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20036                                
$4,000 USD                                          
Application Deadline                         


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 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.


  • Comprehensive Seminars
  • China’s Digital Silk Road, including the Race for 5G.
  • China’s Domestic Politics and Economic Motivations.
  • Debt Sustainability.
  • Impacts in Strategic Regions including Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and the Arctic.
  • Sino-Russian Cooperation and Competition on the “New Silk Road.”
  • Expert Instructors
  • The 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.
Negotiation Simulation

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


This course is open to anyone interested in developing a deeper understanding of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and implications for the United States.

How to Apply

Please access and complete the application form by selecting the Apply button below. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.



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