Daniel M. Kliman
Daniel Kliman is a Senior Advisor with the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). He leads the Global Swing States Project, which focuses on whether four rising democratic powers -- Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Turkey -- will bolster the prevailing international order. He also leads the Young Strategists Forum, which aims to develop a new generation of strategic thinkers in the United States, Europe, and like-minded nations. In addition, he helps to grow GMF’s line of work on Japan and South Korea.
Before joining GMF, Kliman was a visiting fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He has served as a Japan Policy Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and an Adjunct Research Associate with the Institute for Defense Analyses. He has also held positions at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kliman has authored one book, Japan’s Security Strategy in the Post-9/11 World, and has been published in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal Asia Edition, Foreign Policy journal, CNN.com, The Diplomat, and other major news outlets. Kliman graduated from Stanford University and received his Ph.D in politics from Princeton University. He speaks fluent Japanese and is conversant in basic Chinese. A proud Californian, Kliman was born and raised in Santa Barbara.
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News ArticlesKliman: Turkey’s Interim Agreement with China a Flashpoint in U.S.-Turkey RelationsDecember 16, 2013Ties between Turkey & U.S. are strong, but there are areas of tension, the most recent one being Ankara's announcement of a provisional agreement with a Chinese supplier for a missile defense system.India as a “Global Swing State”: A New Framework For U.S. Engagement with IndiaJuly 22, 2013The U.S. should work to bolster India's domestic capacity to actively contribute to the global order since its rise has outpaced its foreign policy institutions.Daniel Kliman Discusses Kerry’s Trip to South KoreaApril 18, 2013U.S. Secretary of State in South Korea amid tensions. View the CTV News clip here. BRICS Pose No Challenge to Global OrderMarch 25, 2013On March 26, the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will gather in Durban, South Africa, for the BRICS grouping’s fifth summit.The Interview: Richard Fontaine & Daniel KlimanFebruary 01, 2013The Diplomat interview with Richard Fontaine and Dr. Daniel Kliman about their new report: Global Swing States: Brazil, India, Indonesia, Turkey and the Future of International Order.Global Swing States and European StrategyNovember 30, 2012A new European Global Strategy must account for one of the most important geopolitical trends of the early 21st century: the growing influence of emerging market democracies in world affairs. Four rising powers – Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Turkey – should receive special focus, for together they are key to adapting and renewing today’s international order.Advantage India: Why China Will Lose the Contest for Global InfluenceJuly 02, 2012
Many see China’s authoritarian government as an asset in its rise up the economic ladder, but India’s more open and transparent democracy gives it the edge when it comes to becoming a global power, writes Daniel M. Kliman.At G20 summit, West must partner with rising democracies in new global orderJune 18, 2012
At the G20 summit in Los Cabos, the agenda will be full of tricky issues. The US and European delegations must look at the bigger picture, one in which the West will need to partner with the rising powers that are today’s global swing states: Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Turkey.Why Indonesia is a global swing stateJune 15, 2012
As a global swing state, Indonesia must choose between its focus on its own internal development or to go global and work with the United States, Europe, Japan, and others to adapt and renew today’s international order.U.S., India share long-term interestsJune 13, 2012
It’s become somewhat fashionable over the past year to criticize the U.S.-India relationship. Washington has expressed dismay at India’s backpedaling on market reforms that would have benefited U.S. corporations. It accuses New Delhi of not upholding India’s end of a landmark civilian nuclear agreement.
When the G-20 meets at Los Cabos, Mexico, this month, India will share the limelight with the world’s leading developed and emerging market economies. In the G-20 and beyond, India stands at a foreign policy crossroads.To Sustain a U.S.-Led Liberal Order, Incorporate the Global Swing StatesMay 28, 2012
If the U.S. can successfully enlarge the order’s current circle of supporters beyond its longtime democratic allies to include “global swing states,” today’s power shift will not culminate in the end of the Western world.The Last Kim of Pyongyang?January 19, 2012
It's not ridiculous to think that North Korea could take a page from Myanmar and make a shocking U-turn toward democracy.At the G20, Look to the Swing StatesNovember 02, 2011
As the leaders from the 20 largest economies gather this week in Cannes,observers will note the difficulties in forging consensus. But this G20 summit will highlight another challenge to coordinated international action....Will China’s Rise Spoil the Transatlantic Relationship?September 23, 2011
A new survey by the German Marshall Fund finds that China's rise is leading Americans to turn their attention away from Europe and to view China as more of a threat than Europeans do. But how much do these factors threaten the trans-Atlantic relationship, and how well can it adapt to changing circumstances?Bingde Comes to WashingtonMay 18, 2011In a week dominated by news of the IMF director’s apparently sordid behavior, continued Middle East unrest, and the fallout of the United States’ successful military operation in the now infamous Pakistani city of Abbottabad, the U.S. hosting of China’s top general has received comparatively little media attention.What Future for Japan?May 11, 2011
The devastation wrought by the Great Tohoku Earthquake has reinforced perceptions inside and outside Japan of the country’s seemingly irreversible slide from economic superpower to sick man of Asia. Yet it would be premature to count Japan out as a factor in international politics.
PublicationsUnlocking the Potential of the U.S.-Japan-Europe RelationshipOctober 15, 2013
This policy paper provides a snapshot of the possibilities for deeper U.S.-Japan-Europe cooperation.Global Swing States and U.S. StrategySeptember 04, 2013
This policy brief outlines how the United States should engage with Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Turkey.Global Swing States: Brazil, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and the Future of International OrderNovember 27, 2012
This policy paper argues that U.S. decisions today will influence whether Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Turkey contribute to the global order tomorrow.Turkey: A Global Swing StateApril 13, 2012
This policy brief argues that based on its increasingly important role on the world stage, Turkey should become a member of the EU.