Where the Belt Meets the Road: Security in a Contested South Asia

Where the Belt Meets the Road
Security in a Contested South Asia

by Nadège Rolland, Filippo Boni, Meia Nouwens, Nilanthi Samaranayake, Gurpreet S. Khurana, and Arzan Tarapore
April 29, 2019

South Asia is where three continents—Europe, Africa, and Asia—connect in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) via land corridors and Indian Ocean sea lanes. It is also where the initiative faces a gamut of serious security challenges, ranging from territorial disputes, to insurgencies, to potential naval competition, to energy security issues. This roundtable examines BRI’s security implications in South Asia, including both how China is responding to challenges there and how countries in the region as well as the United States are reacting to BRI.


Nadège Rolland

Protecting the Belt and Road Initiative: China’s Cooperation with Pakistan to Secure CPEC

Filippo Boni

China’s Use of Private Companies and Other Actors to Secure the Belt and Road across South Asia

Meia Nouwens

Securing the Maritime Silk Road in South Asia and the Indian Ocean

Nilanthi Samaranayake

India as a Challenge to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Gurpreet S. Khurana

The U.S. Response to the Belt and Road Initiative: Answering New Threats with New Partnerships

Arzan Tarapore

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