Sarwar A. Kashmeri
International Relations Specialist, Author, and Commentator.
Fellow, Foreign Policy Association.

“Such an enlightening and well assembled read. A must for gaining a more comprehensive view”

Peter Cloutier • U.S. Foreign Service Diplomat

China's Grand Strategy

Sarwar Kashmeri’s highly acclaimed new book, published in 2019. Purchase from your local bookstore or

Draws from personal research and interviews with prominent Asian and American scholars, businessmen, military officials, and political experts


The Business of America and China Is Business

Sarwar Kashmeri

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A China Agenda for President Biden
Sarwar A. Kashmeri

For “The Telegram,” a Foreign Policy Association Report, “Sarwar Kashmeri interviewed experts from around the world to present a compelling brief for recalibrating U.S.- China relations. His narrative draws upon expert views from across the political spectrum and from around the world. It could not be more timely ” -- Noel Lateef, President and CEO, FPA.

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“The old order changeth yielding place to new...Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.“

Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Sarwar's opinions, conversations, and guest editorials

Polaris, the North Star has been used for centuries by sailors to find one’s location within the cosmos and to chart a passage to safe harbor. I’d like to think that my iteration of Polaris might serve as a guide to help make sense of today’s rapidly shifting geopolitical and economic changes,  and help policy makers safely navigate these tumultuous times.

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March 20th 11:00 AM EST - Jorge Heine - Role for Latin America In U.S.-China Competition?

Ambassador Jorge Heine is a lawyer, IR scholar and diplomat with a special interest in the international politics of the Global South. Ambassador Heine is Research Professor at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Interim Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.

The global landscape is shifting as the power dynamics between Latin America, U.S., and China continue to evolve. These changes are reshaping the world order and influencing international relations on a grand scale.

Will the the countries of Latin America with a population of over 430 million people, have to choose between the two superpowers? How will China and the U.S. fine-tune their strategies to accommodate the impact of technology and the emergence of the global south? What will be the impact of this shift in global geostrategic balance on the existing Western-led global order?

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April 2nd 9:30 AM EDT - Luv Puri - India's Bollywood elections - Donald Trump's envy!

India's Bollywood elections must be the envy of Donald Trump --- Lock up the opposition and freeze its bank accounts--the "largest democracy in the world" goes to the poll in a Bollywood inspired election that is about to roll across India. A frank appraisal of a fast changing India from an international, experienced Indian observer.

Luv Puri has been working in the field of International Affairs for two-decades, both as a practitioner and an analyst. He was with the UN Department of Political Affairs for ten years, during which period he worked at the highest levels of multilateral diplomacy, including as part of the Secretary-General’s Good Offices. He started his career working with the widely-read and respected daily, The Hindu where he reported on conflict areas with a focus on issues related to Human Rights for several years. In 2006, he won the European Commission Award for Human Rights and Democracy.

At present, he is a columnist on International Affairs for several widely-read publications ( Puri). He has authored two books, including -"Across the Line of Control" -, published by Columbia University Press. and was a Fulbright Scholar from 2008-10. He did his Masters in New York University.

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April 16th 9:30 AM EDT - Aminda Smith - Is China's "Communism", really Communism?

The Chinese Communist Party governs the country from each village and city building to the very top of the country's power structure. The CCP has the authority to preside over the government's decisions at both central and local levels. Unlike the Soviet Union, however, China is largely a free-market economy that produces as many billionaires as does the U.S. How well does the U.S. understand the CCP? Does this lack of understanding prohibit better relations between the two superpowers?

Dr. Aminda Smith is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Michigan State University. She is a historian specializing in modern Chinese history with a particular interest in the social and cultural history of Chinese Communism. She serves as co-director of the PRC History Group, an international scholarly organization dedicated to increasing research and knowledge on the People’s Republic of China. Dr. Smith has written widely on the global histories of the Chinese Communist Party and Maoism.

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May 2nd 12:30 PM EDT - FPA-Burkle Center/UCLA dialogue on U.S. - China Relations

In a pivotal series of discussions underwritten by the Annenberg Foundation, that could reshape U.S.-China relations, American and Canadian experts, on both sides of the political spectrum, convened in Los Angeles last week in the first ever Burkle Center/UCLA and Foreign Policy Association conference. Success in building consensus was not guaranteed, but was accomplished. We speak with the Director of the Burkle Center and a key participant to understand why and highlight key recommendations.

Professor Kal Raustiala
Promise Institute Distinguished Professor of Comparative and International Law Director & UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations.

Mr. Chris Fenton
Founder, Fenton International Business Strategy & Communications.

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May 14th 9:30 PM EDT - T.V. Paul - India, Perpetual Great Power in Waiting?

Along with the meteoric rise of China, there has been much interest in the emergence of India, as a rising power with one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The rapidly developing US-China rivalry gives India an added importance in world politics today as India is perhaps the only swing power that can help balance China’s potentially aggressive rise in the Indo-Pacific region. That, at least, is what the U.S. believes and has made this goal one of its central strategic planks for the Indio-Pacific.

Is this American vision but a dream? Given India's enduring friendship with Russia as demonstrated by its refusal to toe the U.S. line in the Russia-Ukraine war and its growing trade relationship with China in spite of the Himalaya military clashes between the two Asian nations.

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July 11th 9:30 PM EDT - Ankit Panda, U.S. & China - Wooing the Global South

Ankit Panda is the Stanton Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. An expert on the Asia-Pacific region, his research interests include nuclear strategy, arms control, missile defense, nonproliferation, emerging technologies, and U.S. extended deterrence.

He has consulted for the United Nations in New York and Geneva on nonproliferation and disarmament matters, and has testified on security topics before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and the congressionally chartered U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

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Sarwar Kashmeri in the News

The Business of America and China is Business

The Foreign Policy Association’s 23rd annual World Leadership Forum featured a panel hosted by Sarwar Kashmeri. Panelists included: Marc Chandler, Chief Market Strategist, Bannockburn Global Forex, and George Magnus, China Centre at Oxford University. Watch the panel in discussion about the topic “The Business of America and China is Business”.

10 Years of the Belt & Road Initiative on CGTN with Sarwar Kashmeri

The CGTN interview with Sarwar Kashmeri on the infrastructure project to connect the world through land and sea, known as the Belt and Road Initiative.


U.S.- China Relations A Foreign Policy Association Broadcast

The event is the Dame Jillian Sackler Distinguished Lecture on U.S.-China Relations.

An in-depth interview with Sarwar Kashmeri

China Strengthens Ties in Mideast and Africa As US Influence Declines

The last three decades of United States involvement in the world has been provocatively militaristic in nature,” Kashmeri says, noting that this approach has alienated many and deterred the spirit of international collaboration.” – Sarwar Kashmeri

China's Grand Strategy Washington D.C. Book Launch with Hon. Chuck Hagel

The Honorable Chuck Hagel, 24th U.S. Secretary of Defense (2013-2015), and Professor Sarwar Kashmeri, Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, discuss “China’s Grand Strategy.”

China's Grand Strategy New York Book Launch with Professor Pamela Crossley

The New York book launch of “China’s Grand Strategy” with Professor Pamela Crossley, Wollis professor of history and professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College.  the Foreign Policy Association, moderated by Professor Sarwar Kashmeri, Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association.

China’s Grand Strategy and the BRI

U.S. Army War College Podcast • March 3, 2020

There has never been anything like it in recorded history where a country has put…a trillion dollars aside to help in jump starting all of these infrastructure projects around the country..

Deutsche-Welle features Sarwar in their China anniversary news program

Deutsche-Welle interview with Professor Sarwar Kashmeri on Chinese strategy in the 21st century.

Sarwar's Chronicles

In 2002, Sarwar Kashmeri changed tack from founder/CEO of his international accounting systems company to a career in analyzing, writing, and speaking about U.S. foreign policy and national security. Over that time his interests have covered U.S.-EU relations, NATO, and lately U.S.- China relations. This is a collection of some of his opinion columns and book reviews since 2002.

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Sarwar Kashmeri's critically acclaimed book
In this book about China’s global aspirations, Sarwar Kashmeri draws from personal research and interviews with prominent Asian and American scholars, businessmen, military officials, and political experts. 
Peter CloutierForeign Service Diplomat and Professor of Development & Human Security @ Joint Special Operations University
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“Such an enlightening and well assembled read. A must for gaining a more comprehensive view”

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