Dr. Calder argues that a new trans-national configuration is emerging in continental Asia, driven by economic growth, rising energy demand, and the erosion of longstanding geopolitical divisions over the past generation. What Calder calls the New Silk Road—with a strengthening multifaceted relationship between Northeast Asia, on the one hand, and the Middle East, South, and Central Asia on the other at its core—could eventually emerge as one of the world's most significant multilateral configurations, although likely in a much less formalized fashion than traditional regional arrangements. The New Silk Road could be important in cushioning the impact of geopolitical change in Central Asia, with the role of multilateral development institutions highly relevant in determining the ultimate developmental path of the New Silk Road nations.
Dr. Calder is the Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asia Studies, SAIS and the Japan Studies Program. He is a former professor for 20 years at Princeton University. He has also served as the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Dr. Calder's other engagements include: former lecturer, Department of Government, Harvard University; served as the first Executive Director, Harvard University Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; former Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan; former Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, including Korea; currently a member of the Editorial Board of Asian Security; former Associate Editor of World Politics; Ph.D., government, Harvard University. His areas of specialization are energy and security, energy issues, international political economy, and strategic and security issues, particularly focusing on East Asia, Japan, and Republic of Korea.
Dr. Calder received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard University, and B.A. from the University of Utah.
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