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Daniel M. Kliman

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Daniel Kliman Book Launch: “Fateful Transitions”December 02, 2014Fateful Transitions offers a new perspective on the debate about China's ascendance and the global power shift.
Is China the Fastest Rising Power in HistoryMay 16, 2014China is rising; but how far, and how fast?
The China-Vietnam Standoff: How Will It End?May 09, 2014Five thousand miles from Ukraine, off the coast of Vietnam, China is taking a page from Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s playbook.
Time to double down on the Asia rebalanceApril 23, 2014President Barack Obama’s Asia trip, which has started with a visit to Japan, will send an unmistakable signal: the United States remains committed to a region that has become the world’s economic and military center of gravity.
Kliman: 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.

The Mexico challengeJune 12, 2012

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.


Japan’s Democracy DiplomacyJuly 11, 2014

This policy paper examines Japan’s deepening democratic partnerships and the implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Promising Partnerships: Emerging and Established Powers in the 21st CenturyMarch 10, 2014

This policy paper set forth an innovative agenda for advancing cooperation between emerging and established powers.

Unlocking 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.