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“The U.S.'s "New Silk Road" Strategy: What Is It? Where Is It Headed?”

September 29, 2011

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“The U.S.'s "New Silk Road" Strategy: what is it? Where is it headed?”


Robert D. Hormats, Under-Secretary for Economics, Energy and Agriculture, U.S. Department of State
Click HERE for Mr. Hormats' prepared remarks.

Sham Bathija, Senior Economic Adviser to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan
Click HERE for Mr. Bathija's prepared remarks.

Juan Miranda, Director General, Central and West-Asia Department, Asia Development Bank


S. Frederick Starr,
Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University


Thursday, September 29, Noon-2 p.m.
Kenney Auditorium, 1st floor, Nitze Building
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

On 20 July, 2011, Secretary of State Clinton used a speech in Chennai, India, to announce a NEW SILK ROAD STRATEGY for Afghanistan and the region. What is the strategy? What specific tactical measures will accompany it? What does it mean for Afghanistan? Or for Central Asia, Pakistan, India, etc.? Of course, the new strategy does not arise in a vacuum. What has the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan been doing along these same lines, and what are the ambitious goals of the Asia Development Bank in this same area? Finally, what are the chances that all this activity will prove successful?

These issues were addressed by Under-Secretary Robert Hormats, U.S. Dept. of State, Director General Juan Miranda, ADB, Manila, and President Karzai’s Senior Economic Advisor, Mr. Sham Bathija. 


The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is a primary institution in the United States for the study of the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Caspian Region. The Institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, forms part of a Joint Center with the Silk Road Studies Program, affiliated with the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy. Additional information about the Joint Center, as well as its several publications series, is available at www.silkroadstudies.org.

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