Dr. Daniel Kliman

Senior Fellow in the Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security

YOUNG PATRON EVENT: China's Belt and Road Initiative: Risks and Rewards

About the Topic

First announced by President Xi Jinping in 2013, China’s audacious Belt and Road Initiative promised infrastructure development and investment initiatives stretching from East Asia to Europe. More than 60 countries - two-thirds of the world's population - have signed up or expressed interest. According to the Center for New American Security, China sees infrastructure investments as a “central tool for advancing its geopolitical ambitions" and that as BRI projects become reality, "countries that once welcomed Chinese investment have become increasingly vocal about the downsides." While China connects the world as never before, what are the pros and cons for partner nations? Do they risk national sovereignty? What are the geopolitical implications of China's worldwide infrastructure push?

About the Speaker

Daniel M. Kliman is the Senior Fellow in the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He is an expert in Asia-Pacific strategy, with a particular focus on U.S. competition with China. Kliman is also an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Before joining CNAS, Kliman worked in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he served as Senior Advisor for Asia Integration. He was the principal Asia expert for development and implementation of the Third Offset strategy, and executed multiple international engagements focused on defense innovation. He also advised DoD leadership on maritime security issues.

Kliman has authored two books, Fateful Transitions: How Democracies Manage Rising Powers, from the Eve of World War I to China’s Ascendance, and Japan’s Security Strategy in the Post-9/11 World: Embracing a New Realpolitik.

Kliman received a PhD in Politics from Princeton University and holds a BA in Political Science from Stanford University.