Where Is the Silk Road Leading?

January 13, 2017, 12:00 – 14:00, Building 5, 2nd Floor, Room 223

In and around Eurasia, a broad integration outline is forming, i.e. a comprehensive Eurasian partnership involving the Eurasian Economic Union, China with its Silk Road Economic Belt initiative, India, Pakistan, Iran, South Korea and Japan, and other major players. The renovated and expanded Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) may play an important role in the development of a new community. Meanwhile, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TTP) was signed, and the discussion on the Comprehensive Regional Economic Partnership (CREP) initiative is going on.

Issues for Discussion

  • What is the strategic potential of interfacing the major integration projects in Eurasia?
  • Are separate integration processes competing or complementary?
  • Will they result in the establishment of a free trade area or more in-depth integration forms in Eurasia and Asia Pacific?
  • What global business projects can be implemented within such an outline?
  • How can business development conditions change?
  • What are the advantages the integration can create for companies?


  • Alexander Gabuev
    Alexander Gabuev

    Head, Russia in the Asia-Pacific Region Programme, Carnegie Moscow Center


  • Justin Yifu Lin
    Justin Yifu Lin

    Director, Center for New Structural Economics, Peking University; Professor and Honorary Dean, National School of Development, Peking University; Chief Economist and Sr. Vice President, World Bank (2008-2012)

  • Stanislav Voskresenskiy
    Stanislav Voskresenskiy

    Acting Governor, Ivanovo Region

  • Ho-Fung Hung
    Ho-Fung Hung

    Professor, Johns Hopkins University

  • Veronika Nikishina
    Veronika Nikishina

    Member of the Board, Minister for Trade, Eurasian Economic Commission

  • Djoomart Otorbaev
    Djoomart Otorbaev

    Prime Minister of Kyrgyz Republic (2014-2015)

  • Naoki Tanaka
    Naoki Tanaka

    President, Center for International Public Policy Studies (CIPPS)

  • Kairat Kelimbetov
    Kairat Kelimbetov

    President, Astana International Financial Center; Chairman, National Bank of Kazakhstan (2013-2015)