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Sarwar A. Kashmeri

Sarwar A. Kashmeri

Specialist in China’s Belt & Road Initiative & Trade Strategy


Sarwar Kashmeri is an international relations specialist, author, and commentator, noted for his expertise on China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the impact of Chinese trade and economic policies on the U.S. Europe and the developing world. He speaks frequently before business, foreign policy and military audiences. Read More >

China’s Grand Strategy: Weaving a New Silk Road to Global Primacy, (Praeger), his third book, was published in July 2019. It is a centennial book of the Foreign Policy Association where Sarwar is a Fellow. The book had its Washington D.C. launch on 7 November 2019 featuring Kashmeri and former U.S. Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel. He is also a Fellow of the Peace and War Center of Norwich University.

Kashmeri has hosted China Focus, a podcast series for the Carnegie Corporation of New York and has recently discussed China’s Belt and Road Initiative on television with Deutsche Welle, the German news network, and in a series of interviews with Xinhua, China’s global news agency.

He is the author of the U.S. Army War College’s monograph, NATO and the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy; Intersecting Trajectories and is a frequent guest speaker at the United States Military Academy/West Point. Kashmeri has appeared in well-known publications including New York Times International, The Guardian, U.S. News and World Report, Xinhua, and Global Times. His television appearances include CNN, Sky News, Euronews, CSPAN, and Fox.  Formerly the CEO of a New York based international technology company, Kashmeri has also served as a communications advisor for several Fortune 100 companies.

He earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering, both from Saint Louis University. Read Less ^

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China's Grand Strategy: Weaving a New Silk Road to Global Primacy

In the first book to use the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a point of departure to explain why and how China is about to supersede America with regard to influence and power in Asia—and around the world—international relations expert Sarwar Kashmeri describes the scope of BRI, explains the strategy behind it, and forcefully argues that the BRI is becoming the foundation of nothing less than a parallel world order based on the Chinese leadership. Noting that the United States seems curiously incapable or uninterested in devising a counterstrategy, Kashmeri reminds us that even though the United States will no longer have the largest economy in the world, it will still be a powerful and rich country with global alliances that should be capable of a strategic response. In the absence of leadership in the nation’s capital, Kashmeri has done us all a great favor in pointing the way to a coherent plan in which Americans lose far less than they might otherwise.