Berlin, 26-28 June 2015
The ancient Silk Road was known as a network of connections between East and West, prominent much more for the cultural exchange it allowed than for the actual trade volume passing on its paths. This has changed. The new connections along the modern Silk Road passing through China, Russia, Central Asia and Europe are key to the connectivity of the rising economies in the East and the European market. Along these pathways a variety of geo-economic and geo-political challenges emerge.
The 159th Bergedorf Round Table, which took place in Berlin from 26-28 June 2015, focused on the prospects and challenges of cooperation for Europe, Russia and China along the Silk Road that arise in the context of improved infrastructure and increasing trade volumes. How can economic cooperation between Europe, Russia and China be enhanced? How can security challenges in the region, such as territorial disputes and terrorism, be addressed? What is the future of competing regional economic structures? What are the prospects of an inclusive regional security architecture along the Silk Road?
“Chancen und Risiken der neuen Seidenstraße”