Distinguished Speaker Seminar: Kent E. Calder - The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics

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.

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