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Dec 09

The Silk Road Renewed - From the Heart of Eurasia to the Heart of Europe: The 21st Century Transportation and Energy Outlook

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The New Silk Road allows countries from the Baltic and the Mediterranean to the Pacific and in between to engage in global economic activities more fully than ever before. Implementation of the New Silk Road initiative, including the Southern Gas Corridor, will significantly affect the political climate in Eurasia. The Gas Corridor is especially important in light of the complicated relationships between Russia and the European Union and Turkey. Join us to learn more about the future of The New Silk Road and new transportation projects such as the Port of Baku and the Kars-Tbilisi-Erzurum railroad. Our speakers will address the technical, political, economic, and security concerns related to each of the projects and routes as well as the infrastructure needs, potential pitfalls, and opportunity costs.


Registration and Coffee
(9:00 to 9:30 a.m.)

Welcome and Introductions

Luke Coffey, Margaret Thatcher Fellow, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute, The Heritage Foundation
Ariel Cohen, Director, Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG), and Senior Fellow, Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), and Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Keynote Remarks

Amos J Hochstein, Special Envoy, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State
Her Excellency Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of Defense of Georgia

The Silk Road: Geopolitical Challenges for the 21st Century – Transportation and Energy

Gal Luft, Co-Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
General Duncan J. McNabb, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), former USTRANSCOM Commander, and Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Ares Mobility Solutions
S. Frederick Starr, Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program, SAIS
Tugay Tuncer, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey
Chi Ping Patrick Ho, Deputy Chairman and Secretary General, China Energy Fund Committee and former Secretary for Home Affairs, Government of Hong Kong, China
Luke Coffey, Margaret Thatcher Fellow, The Heritage Foundation, Moderator

Asia-Europe’s Transportation Routes and Gas Supply - Satisfying Demand, Diversifying Supply

Dr. Taleh Ziyadov, Director-General, Baku International Sea Trade Port
Luke Coffey, Margaret Thatcher Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Yerkin Akhinzhanov, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Kazakhstan
Ariel Cohen, Director, CENRG, Senior Fellow, IAGS, and Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
Joshua Walker, Director, Global Programs, APCO Worldwide, Moderator

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