Daniel S. Markey is a senior research professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the academic director of the SAIS Global Policy Program. From 2007-2015, he was 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 U.S.-Pakistan relationship, No Exit from Pakistan. 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.
With eloquence, sagacity and rigor, Markey describes the interactive effects that China's growing presence in South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East has on local realities. Beijing's active deployment of diplomatic, economic, and security instruments is already giving shape to a new regional landscape in which the US will have to adapt, and perhaps rethink, its role. -- Nadege Rolland, author of China's Eurasian Century A far-reaching and important primer that is filled with insights about the world of today and tomorrow, Markey's fine book is essential reading for anyone interested in international affairs. -- Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History, Worcester College, University of Oxford The Chinese leadership nurtures great ambitions on its Western periphery, well beyond its traditional East and South-Asian horizons. But, local countries have their own strategic agendas, their own political and socio-economic conditions, and their own vision for their present and future selves. With eloquence, sagacity and rigor, Markey describes the interactive effects that China's growing presence in South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East has on local realities. Beijing's active deployment of diplomatic, economic, and security instruments is already giving shape to a new regional landscape in which the US will have to adapt, and perhaps rethink, its role. -- Nad`ege Rolland, author of China's Eurasian Century This is a first-rate guide to the deepening post-Cold War profile of China on the Eurasian continent. Markey shows the strengths and weaknesses of China's Belt and Road Initiative, especially along the strategic access routes from Beijing to the Persian Gulf. Documenting China's quiet yet steadily rising Eurasian presence and its global implications, Markey highlights the region's historic transformation. -- Kent Calder, Vice Dean, and Director of the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies Amidst a wave of books about China's Belt and Road that emphasize Beijing's global vision for a new international order, China's Western Horizon skillfully reveals how local actors across Eurasia have seized upon and manipulated Chinese investments and strategic engagement to advance their own domestic and regional agendas. Markey's detailed and penetrating research provides important cautionary evidence that BRI partners may 'pull' China into political entanglements with important unintended and even counterproductive consequences for Beijing -- Alexander Cooley, Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College and Director, Harriman Institute, Columbia University Markey's important and insightful new book makes a valuable contribution to the literature on China's expanding global presence. Casting his eye across a vast swath of continental Eurasia, Markey analyzes both the forces driving Chinese policy and the factors shaping the responses of the poorer and weaker nations in its path. Markey's research is broad as well as deep, his assessments are balanced and measured, and his conclusions will inform the thinking of scholars and policymakers alike. -- Aaron L. Friedberg, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University