Building and maintenance of the first transcontinental railroad networks took hundreds of Latvians from Europe to China and the Far East. Today, a new generation of networks, and, most importantly, a new philosophy of interconnectivity, drives a flow of financial, digital and human capital across the continent and beyond. Via the New Silk Road programme, we at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs aim at conceptualizing the integration along Eurasian infrastructural and civilizational highways. We welcome cooperation and synergy between academia, businesses, government bodies, NGOs and the general public, as we strive for a better understanding of global and regional interconnectivity.
About New Silk Road Programme
In the context of the development of the New Silk Road interconnectivity initiatives, the LIIA New Silk Road Programme aims at:
- promoting and coordinating research activities involving countries and regions in Europe and Asia integrated into the initiatives along the New Silk Road;
- conceptualising and assessing the involvement of Latvia into the transportation, logistics, information, financial, digital and human capital exchange connected to China's Belt and Road Initiative;
- providing expertise on China’s initiatives involving the Baltic region, including the China-CEEC “16+1” cooperation mechanisms;
- representing Latvia at the think tank networks and participating in research activities related to the assessment of the developments along the New Silk Road;
- assessing the prospects and strategies of India, Iran, Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries in the context of forming Eurasian infrastructural and civilizational highways.
Dr. Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova, Head of the New Silk Road programme, LIIA
Cell: + 371 29704193
Sintija Broka, Researcher, project manager, LIIA
Cell: +371 29231376