A Central Asian Silk Road: How Integration Can Enhance Security and Stability

Roozbeh Aliabadi, MPIA '08
Managing Partner
Global Growth Advisors
Wed., Oct. 19, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
4130 Posvar Hall

Today it is not ideology but the promise of privileged access to resources and infrastructure that shapes geostrategic maneuvering in Central Asia. In fact today, nothing tells us more about the future of geopolitics in Central Asia than tracing infrastructure plans on the ground.  For landlocked countries of Central Asia, connectivity is strategy. As for China, its strategy isn’t to formally occupy these Asian countries but to ease passage across them.  It wins the new Great Game by building the new Silk Roads. Today Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank is budgeted to spend about ten times as much in Asia as the Marshall plan spent in Europe. So this competition over connectivity is indeed reducing Central Asia’s collective risk. It is the regional connectivity not hegemony that is contributing to its future stability.  And therefore Central Asian map of the future will feature more connections and fewer divisions.

Roozbeh, a Pitt alum (MPIA, GSPIA ’08), is currently a partner at Global Growth Advisors, a small investment and specialty strategic advisory firm based in New York. A frequent advisor to the Iranian political establishment on matters of trade, connectivity and foreign policy, Roozbeh served in an advisory role to the 2013 presidential campaigns in Iran.  In 2015 he was appointed senior advisor to Director of Strategic Studies at Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Institute for Political and International Studies in Tehran.

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