About the Project
The emergence of China and more recently, India, has reshaped relations and produced a broader area of economic integration in Asia. Even in southern Asia, where the strategic triangle of China, India, and Pakistan has resulted in flashpoints and suspicions, both India and China have kept their sights on increasing trade and economic growth as a security imperative for the long term. However, southern Asia's security, political, and economic foundations face stresses that could profoundly alter its evolution, usher in the return of geopolitics, and reshape political and economic relations globally. This two-year project, generously funded by the MacArthur Foundation, explored potential flashpoints and promising areas for cooperation among China, India, and Pakistan—and identified areas where the United States can help. Liz Economy, Alyssa Ayres, and Dan Markey explored these issues in a roundtable series and several publications. The project culminated in a capstone symposium, Foreign Affairs article, and a Council report in 2016.
The Project on the New Geopolitics of China, India, and Pakistan is made possible by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.
Related Blog Posts:
- Alyssa Ayres, “Joining the Club: India and the Nuclear Suppliers Group,” Asia Unbound, July 1, 2016
- Alyssa Ayres, “India, Global Governance, and the Nuclear Suppliers Group,” Asia Unbound, June 6, 2016
- Alyssa Ayres, “Pakistan Is Failing Its Citizens, and Washington Offers Fighter Jets,” Asia Unbound, October 22, 2015
- Alyssa Ayres, “Where's India on the Trans-Pacific Partnership?,” Asia Unbound, October 6, 2015
- Elizabeth Economy, “The Xi-Obama Summit: The Four Takeaways and Taglines,” Asia Unbound, September 25, 2015
- Elizabeth Economy, “When Xi Meets Obama: Why China Won't Get What It Wants Most,” Asia Unbound, September 11, 2015
- Alyssa Ayres, “Pakistan, You Have One Job,” Asia Unbound, August 25, 2015
- Elizabeth Economy, “Poisoning the Well of U.S.-China Relations,” Asia Unbound, July 8, 2015
- Alyssa Ayres, “With Little Fanfare, India Makes Big Security Advances Toward the East,” Asia Unbound, June 5, 2015
- Alyssa Ayres, “Modi, Turnaround Artist: U.S.-India Ties Revived After Slump,” Asia Unbound, May 26, 2015
- Elizabeth Economy, “The Debate on U.S.-China Relations: Make Room, Make Way, or Make Hay,” Asia Unbound, May 20, 2015
- Alyssa Ayres, “Why the United States Should Work With India to Stabilize Afghanistan,” Asia Unbound, April 9, 2015
- Elizabeth Economy, “The AIIB Debacle: What Washington Should Do Now,” Asia Unbound, March 16, 2015
- Alyssa Ayres, “Next Steps With India,” Asia Unbound, February 6, 2015
- Alyssa Ayres, “Talking Trade with India,” Asia Unbound, November 25, 2014
- Alyssa Ayres, “India’s Brinksmanship at WTO Hurts it at APEC,” Asia Unbound, November 10, 2014
- Alyssa Ayres, “China’s Mixed Messages to India,” Asia Unbound, September 17, 2014
- Alyssa Ayres, “India in a Changing Asia,” Asia Unbound, July 24, 2014
- Daniel Markey, “Afghanistan Anxieties Reign in India and China,” Asia Unbound, July 24, 2014
- Elizabeth Economy, “All Roads Lead to Beijing,” Asia Unbound, July 24, 2014
China’s flagship investment project in Pakistan could provide a much needed economic spark, but significant security and political challenges loom.
Asia’s major rivers depend on water flows from the Himalayas, and as regional demand continues to grow, a looming water crisis emerges.
China and India increasingly vie for strategic advantage in the Indian Ocean, while also cooperating on some transnational security issues.
Chinese and Indian relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake set a precedent for trust building between two countries whose cooperation will be crucial to the prosperity of South Asia, write CFR’s Alyssa Ayres and Ashlyn Anderson.
A surge in Chinese economic and diplomatic involvement in South Asia poses a serious rival for Indian influence in its neighborhood, and could finally unlock the region’s potential, write Ashlyn Anderson and Alyssa Ayres.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is expected to welcome India and Pakistan as full members at its fifteenth annual summit in Ufa, Russia. CFR’s Elizabeth C. Economy and William Piekos weigh the rewards and risks of expansion.
The United States and China have developed competing visions for reviving ancient trade routes connecting Asia and Europe. The U.S. diplomatic strategy focuses on Afghanistan, while China hopes to economically integrate Central and South Asia. India and Russia also have regional ambitions.