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09.04.2013 13:45

Beyond the Silk Route

An open, creative, and forward-looking business idea for the region's future may not look anything like a repeat of its history
By Stephan Mergenthaler and Andrew D. Bishop

For nearly 2,000 years, the Silk Route was the world economy's centre of gravity and accounted for over 50 percent of global value creation. Today, the countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus along the former Silk Route hardly trade among each other and are on the fringes of a hyperconnected global economy. But could ongoing shifts in the global economic landscape push this pivotal region towards a new revival?  

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