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Daniel S. Markey

Senior Research Professor in International Relations

Academic Director of Master of Arts in Global Policy Program


Daniel 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.

Markey, D. S. (2020). China's Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia. Oxford University Press. 

Markey, D. S. (2014). Reorienting U.S. Pakistan strategy: From Af-Pak to Asia. New York: Council on Foreign Relations.

Markey, D. S. (2013). No exit from Pakistan: Americas tortured relationship with Islamabad. New York: Cambridge University Press.

See Dr. Markey's full list of publications




  • Afghanistan
  • Central Asia
  • China
  • India
  • Iran
  • Middle East
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • South Asia


  • American Defense Policy
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Counterterrorism
  • Crisis Management
  • Domestic Influences On Foreign Policy
  • Foreign Aid and American Foreign Policy
  • Governance
  • International Relations
  • Nation-building and Democratization
  • Nuclear Policy and Proliferation
  • Politics
  • Strategic and Security Issues
  • Terrorism
  • U.S. Presidency and Foreign Policy

In the News

China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Daniel Markey interviewed on Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Relations podcast, 11/06

China’s western horizon: Beijing and the new geopolitics of Eurasia.

Daniel Markey participated in Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies webinar, 10/28

India-Pakistan war is more likely than India-China.

Daniel Markey quoted in Daily Express, 9/27

Tipping the geopolitical balance - the China-Iran deal.

Daniel Markey wrote for Institute of Art and Ideas, 8/19

China’s western horizon.

Daniel Markey’s book reviewed by The National Bureau of Asian Research, 7/29

China's western horizon: Beijing and the new geopolitics of Eurasia.

Daniel Markey interviewed on Perry World House podcast, 7/20