China’s Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Under the ambitious leadership of President Xi Jinping, China is transforming its wealth and economic power into potent tools of global political influence. But its foreign policy initiatives, such as the Belt and Road Initiative, are shaped and redefined as they confront the ground realities of local and regional politics outside China. Daniel S. Markey, in his new book China’s Western Horizon, describes and analyzes these complex processes in South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Drawing from extensive interviews, travels, and historical research, he provides the in-depth studies of the dynamics that China’s involvement in Pakistan, Kazakhstan and Iran has created. Markey anticipates that China’s expanding influence will not bring greater stability and peace to this difficult part of the world, and might exacerbate conflicts within and among Eurasian states. He argues that U.S. policy makers should have a clear grasp of local histories, interests and relationships to effectively advance America’s specific diplomatic, economic, and security interests in Eurasia, whether in common cause with Beijing or when working at cross purposes. At this event, Daniel S. Markey will present some of the key arguments of his book. Andrew Small will discuss the book and provide an overview of the European perspectives on China’s engagement in Eurasia. Policy options for U.S. and European policy makers will be explored.

Daniel S. Markey is a senior research professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also serves as the academic director of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Global Policy Program. He teaches courses in international politics and policy. Dr. Markey’s latest book, China’s Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia, was published by Oxford University Press in March 2020. It assesses the evolving political, economic, and security links between China and its western neighbors, including Pakistan, India, Kazakhstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. It explains what these changes are likely to mean for the United States and recommends steps that Washington should take in response. From 2007-2015, Daniel Markey was a senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. While there, he wrote a book on the future of the US-Pakistan relationship No Exit from Pakistan: America’s Tortured Relationship with Islamabad (Cambridge University Press, 2013). From 2003 to 2007, Dr. Markey held the South Asia portfolio on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the US Department of State. Prior to government service, he taught in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. At Princeton, he also served as executive director of Princeton’s Research Program in International Security. Earlier, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. Dr. Markey is the author of numerous reports, articles, book chapters, and opinion pieces. His commentary has been featured widely in US and international media.

Andrew Small is a senior transatlantic fellow with GMF's Asia Program, which he established in 2006. His research focuses on U.S.–China relations, Europe–China relations, Chinese policy in South Asia, and broader developments in China's foreign and economic policy. He was based in GMF’s Brussels office for five years, and worked before that as the director of the Foreign Policy Centre's Beijing office, as a visiting fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and an ESU scholar in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. His articles and papers have been published in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Washington Quarterly, as well as many other journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is the author of the book The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia's New Geopolitics published with Hurst / Oxford University Press in 2015. Small was educated at Balliol College, University of Oxford.


Daniel S. Markey, Senior Research Professor, International Relations, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), John Hopkins University
Andrew Small, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, Asia Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Moderator: Nargis Kassenova, Senior Fellow, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center; Associate Professor, KIMEP University

Co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES).

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