Asia Program

The New Geopolitics of China, India, and Pakistan

Project Expert

Alyssa Ayres
Alyssa Ayres

Adjunct Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia

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 symposiumForeign Affairs article, and a Council report in 2016.

The Project on the New Geopolitics of China, India, and Pakistan was made possible by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.



Experts discuss U.S. relations with India, China, and Pakistan and will discuss the challenges and opportunities for the United States in light of changing regional geopolitics.


Experts discuss how the United States can support and advance stability in Southern Asia. 


Experts assess regional opportunities to realize economic integration through trade agreements and infrastructure investment.  


Experts address current transformations of Asia’s strategic landscape, and how the return of geopolitics affects regional peace and security.

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