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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

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

Taliban make big changes ahead of expected talks with Kabul.

Daniel Markey quoted in Associated Press, 7/17

U.S. rejects China's 'nine-dash line' in South China Sea.

Daniel Markey quoted in Nikkei Asian Review, 7/14

China’s western opportunities.

Daniel Markey wrote for East-West Center, 6/30

China’s new western horizon.

Daniel Markey’s book reviewed in The Cipher Brief, 6/23

Sino-Indian border clash unlikely to escalate further.

Daniel Markey quoted on Radio Free Asia, 6/17

China's western horizon.

Daniel Markey participated in Observer Research Foundation webinar, 6/15

China’s western horizon.

Daniel Markey participated in webinar for Center for Global Policy, 6/2

China's evolving role in South Asia.

Daniel Markey and Joshua White participated in East-West Center in Washington webinar, 5/26

China's western horizon: Book talk.

Daniel Markey participated in webinar for American Pakistan Foundation, 5/21

China’s western horizon.

Daniel Markey interviewed for Readara, 5/20

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

Daniel Markey wrote in The Ambassador’s Brief, 4/25

How the United States should deal with China in Pakistan.

Daniel Markey wrote in Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 4/8

Responding to China’s new tools of global influence.

Daniel Markey wrote in War on the Rocks, 4/1

'By Trump's standards, it was an enormous success'.

Daniel Markey quoted on, 2/27

Will 'Howdy, Modi!' rub off on Trump?

Daniel Markey quoted in The Hindu, 9/22

'Risk of India-Pak military confrontation has increased'.

Daniel Markey quoted on, 8/19

Kashmir’s change of status.

Daniel Markey interviewed on BBC World News, 8/15

Trump’s three missteps on Pakistan.

Daniel Markey wrote in Lawfare, 7/28

India and Pakistan in 'uncharted waters'.

Daniel Markey quoted on BBC, 2/27

Flight disruption in Canada as India-Pakistan tensions continue to rise.

Daniel Markey interviewed on Global News The Simi Sara Show, 2/27