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Daniel S. Markey

Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia

Expertise

South Asia; U.S. foreign policy; international security; international relations theory.

Programs

Asia Program

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Article

Planning for Withdrawal in Afghanistan May Be Smart, But Itís Not Wise

Author: Daniel S. Markey
Defense One

Votes are still being counted in Afghanistan's presidential election, but preliminary results suggest that no candidate won a majority. If these results hold up and no backroom deals are cooked up between Afghan politicians, a runoff poll will follow and the victor will not likely be declared until late summer. That timeline is making U.S. and NATO military planners very nervous.

See more in Afghanistan; Diplomacy and Statecraft; Defense Strategy

Op-Ed

In Bad Faith

Author: Daniel S. Markey
ForeignPolicy.com

The faltering of Pakistan's peace talks with its homegrown terrorists over the weekend offers Islamabad a chance to draw a clear line of defense around Pakistan's constitutional order, writes Daniel Markey.

See more in Pakistan; Terrorism

Ask CFR Experts

How will the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan affect U.S.-Pakistan relations?

Asked by Ahner Abdullah

Many Pakistanis are inclined to view 2014 as the beginning of a new U.S. abandonment of Pakistan. This perspective is inspired both by a long history of ups (1950s, 1980s, early 2000s) and downs (1960s, most of the 1970s, and 1990s) in the relationship between Washington and Islamabad, as well as by the coming military drawdown from Afghanistan.

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See more in Asia and Pacific; United States; Defense and Security

Ask CFR Experts

What is the impact of growing Pakistan-China relations on the United States and India?

Asked by Shreedhar K. Powar, from Shivaji University
Author: Daniel S. Markey

Relations between China and Pakistan are indeed growing, but must be considered in a wider context to understand their potential implications for the United States and India.

Close Sino-Pakistani relations are nothing new. Especially with respect to military and nuclear ties, Beijing and Islamabad have have been friendly since the 1960s. In recent years, bilateral trade and investment have increased. Looking to the future, China's expanding influence in Central Asia and its interest in overland access to the Arabian Sea could motivate even stronger links with Pakistan.

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See more in Pakistan; China; Politics and Strategy

Article

A Big New Idea for U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Author: Daniel S. Markey
Defense One

While in Islamabad, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S.-Pakistan strategic dialogue would be resumed in order to foster "deeper, broader and more comprehensive partnership." These fine words will need a lot of hard work to back them up. It would help if President Obama's administration also came to the table with a big new idea to re-energize its difficult relationship with Islamabad. An ambitious and forward-looking way to frame Washington's agenda with Islamabad would be to consider it within the context of Pakistan's role in the broader U.S. "rebalancing" to Asia.

See more in Pakistan; Diplomacy and Statecraft

Current Projects

South Asia Roundtable Series

Director: Daniel S. Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia
May 2007—Present

The South Asia Roundtable Series examines the major issues facing South Asia today. On Afghanistan, speakers and participants analyze stability, reconstruction, and counterinsurgency efforts. For sessions on Pakistan, they consider many aspects of the nature of the U.S.-Pakistan partnership, ranging from counterterrorism cooperation to issues of governance. Meetings on India look at the U.S.-India relationship and the tensions, limits, and opportunities that will define the American relationship with India moving forward. Other sessions may also examine timely issues that arise in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, or Nepal.

Past Projects

The Future of U.S.-Pakistan Relations in an Asian Context

Director: Daniel S. Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia
July 14, 2011—June 14, 2011

As part of the Rising Regionalism: Implications for International Order and U.S. Policy series, the International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program sponsored a workshop on July 14, 2011, in Washington, DC to bring together experts from the U.S. government, think tanks, and academia to discuss the future of U.S. relations with Pakistan in an Asian context.

At the workshop, three panels of experts analyzed how Pakistan's neighbors perceive, seek to influence, and are influenced by the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. The panels featured a wide-range of experts, including a retired three-star U.S. general, a former U.S. ambassador, a distinguished journalist, and leading analysts from the academic and think tank communities. Panelists delivered presentations that focused on perspectives from Afghanistan, Iran, Arab states of the Persian Gulf, India, and China.

Council Special Report on Pakistan's Tribal Areas

Director: Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action
Author: Daniel S. Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia
December 2007—July 2008

This report outlines the nature of the challenges in Pakistan's tribal areas, formulates strategies for addressing those challenges, and distills the strategies into realistic policy proposals worthy of consideration by the incoming administration.

CFR Events

Guest Event ⁄ New York

CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series: No Exit from Pakistan--America's Tortured Relationship with Islamabad

Speaker:

Daniel S. Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, No Exit from Pakistan: America's Tortured Relationship with Islamabad

Presider:

James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations
October 21, 2013 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
6:00-6:45 p.m. - Meeting
6:45-7:15 p.m. - Cocktail Reception and Book Signing

This meeting is on the record.

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Guest Event ⁄ Washington

No Exit from Pakistan: America's Tortured Relationship with Islamabad

Speaker:

Daniel S. Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, No Exit from Pakistan

Presider:

James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations
October 15, 2013 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Registration
6:00-6:45 p.m. - Meeting
6:45-7:15 p.m. - Reception and Book Signing

This meeting is on the record.

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

U.S.-Pakistan Relations: The Year Past, The Year Ahead

Speakers:

Steve Coll, President and CEO, New America Foundation, Robert Grenier, Chairman, ERG Partners, Daniel S. Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Tom Gjelten, National Security Correspondent, NPR
February 2, 2012 6:00-6:30 p.m. - Dinner Reception
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

U.S. Strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

Panelists:

James Dobbins, Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, National Security Research Division, RAND Corporation; Member, Independent Task Force on U.S. Strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Robert Grenier, Chairman, ERG Partners; Member, Independent Task Force on U.S. Strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Daniel S. Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations; Director, Independent Task Force on U.S. Strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan

Presider:

Leslie H. Gelb, President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations

Introductory Speaker:

Anya Schmemann, Director, Task Force Program, Council on Foreign Relations
December 16, 2010 12:30-1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Guest Event ⁄ Washington

U.S. Strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

Speakers:

Richard L. Armitage, President, Armitage International; Former Deputy Secretary of State; Task Force Co-Chair, Samuel R. Berger, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Former National Security Adviser; Task Force Co-Chair, Daniel S. Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Task Force Project Director

Presider:

David R. Ignatius, Columnist and Associate Editor, "Washington Post"
November 12, 2010 8:00-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast Reception and Registration
8:30-9:30 a.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Academic Conference Call

India-Pakistan Relations

Speakers:

Evan A. Feigenbaum, Senior Fellow for East, Central, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations, Daniel S. Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Irina A. Faskianos, Vice President, National Program & Outreach, Council on Foreign Relations
January 27, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Conference Panel Session

Afghanistan, Pakistan, and U.S. National Security: The Current State of Play

Speakers:

Lisa Curtis, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation, Daniel S. Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations, Ronald E. Neumann, President, American Academy of Diplomacy

Presider:

Karen J. DeYoung, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent and Associate Editor, The Washington Post
April 21, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

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General Meeting

The President's Inbox: The Greater Middle East

Speakers:

Stephen D. Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations, Steven A. Cook, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Daniel S. Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Gary Samore, Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations
January 23, 2009 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Conference Panel Session

Center for Preventive Action Symposium on Preventive Priorities for a New Era, Session Two: Outlook for Critical Regions

Speakers:

Steven A. Cook, Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Michelle D. Gavin, Adjunct Fellow for Africa, Council on Foreign Relations, Daniel S. Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Jane Holl Lute, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, United Nations
December 9, 2008

This meeting is not for attribution.

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

Continuing Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy: Pakistan

Speakers:

Robert Grenier, Managing Director, Kroll, Former Director, CIA Counterterrorism Center, Daniel S. Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations, Nicholas Schmidle, Fellow, Institute of Current World Affairs

Presider:

Jonah Blank, Chief Majority Policy Adviser for South Asia, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
February 26, 2008 8:00-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast Reception
8:30-9:30 a.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Press/Panels

Video Interview

The Nixon Test

Back in the summer of 2011, the editor of Foreign Affairs journal, Gideon Rose, suggested in the pages of The New York Times that the Obama administration draws lessons from the experience of the Vietnam War and implements a "Neo-Nixonian" strategy in Afghanistan.

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Bio

Daniel Markey is senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he specializes in security and governance issues in South Asia. He is the author of a book on the future of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, No Exit from Pakistan: America's Tortured Relationship with Islamabad (Cambridge University Press, October 2013).

From 2003 to 2007, Dr. Markey held the South Asia portfolio on the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to government service, he taught in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, where he 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 publications, including the January 2014 CFR Special Report, Reorienting U.S. Pakistan Strategy: From Af-Pak to Asia; the February 2013 CFR Policy Innovation Memorandum, Support Process Over Policy in Pakistan; the September 2011 CFR Asia Security Memorandum, Pakistan Contingencies; the May 2011 CFR Policy Innovation Memorandum, Next Steps for Pakistan Strategy; the January 2010 CFR Contingency Planning Memorandum, Terrorism and Indo-Pakistani Escalation; and a chapter of the Random House e-book, Beyond bin Laden: America and the Future of Terror. He served as project director of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. strategy in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Dr. Markey's commentary has been featured widely, including in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor. He has appeared on PBS, CNN, BBC, NPR, CBS, ABC, and C-SPAN.

Dr. Markey earned a bachelor's degree in international studies from The Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate in politics from Princeton University. He has been awarded grants from the Smith Richardson and MacArthur foundations to support his research.