Building on the Stimson Center’s “Southern (Dis)Comfort” series with War on the Rocks, this presentation will apply new scholarship on time horizons and international politics to the analysis of strategic competition in Southern Asia. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the Doklam standoff, and China’s increasing presence in the Indian Ocean have reduced uncertainty about China’s long-term intentions. While these actions could exacerbate strategic competition, events such as the Wuhan Summit suggest both China and India may now have strong incentives to reinject uncertainty into regional dynamics with the aim of ameliorating competitive pressures.
About the Speaker
Travis Wheeler is a Research Associate in the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program, where he manages Stimson’s Nuclear Learning initiative. His research focuses on deterrence and geopolitics in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific. Wheeler co-edited The Lure and Pitfalls of MIRVs with Michael Krepon and is co-editor of Stimson’s “Southern (Dis)Comfort” series with War on the Rocks.