Satu Limaye, Ph.D.
Special Advisor


Satu Limaye specializes in Asian international relations, specifically South and Southeast Asia. He has analyzed India's foreign and security policies and researched Indo-Pacific maritime strategy. For CNA he has studied maritime security in the Bay of Bengal, India-Pakistan maritime relations and Asia-Pacific security trends resulting from climate change.

Prior to joining CNA, Limaye was the Director of Research and Publications at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, an Abe Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy and a research staff member for the Institute for Defense Analyses. In addition, he worked for more than three years at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, gaining an understanding of Japan's regional foreign and security policies.

Limaye earned a Ph.D. in International Relations from Oxford University and a B.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.


July 11, 2019

Satu Limaye says, "An overlooked element for India is the need for coordination of perspectives and positions within the country—especially between the two key northeastern states (Arunachal Pradesh and Assam) through which the river runs and the central government in New Delhi."

The National Bureau of Asian Research: "Navigating Opportunities for Cooperation on the Brahmaputra River"

March 1, 2019

Satu Limaye writes, "What the alliance needs now is not new, expanded binding commitments but more explicitly expressed political commitment to the alliance concretely exhibited through the implementation of a range of already agreed alliance activities."

Philippine Star: "Commentary: A Renegotiated Mutual Defense Treaty Is Neither Simple nor a Panacea for Bilateral Ties"

August 1, 2018

Satu Limaye says, “ASEAN is the grouping that stands for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which comprises 10 Southeast Asian countries. And China has had a big role.”

NPR: “What Pompeo Wants In Southeast Asia Visit”

July 5, 2018

Satu Limaye says, “On the one hand, China is part of major elements of the international order such as the UN and WTO. On the other, it is pursuing new efforts such as Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and BRI that offer different models, tools and institutions that have mixed responses and results.”

Khmer Times: “The Effects of Global Politics on Cambodia and Asia-Pacific”

June 8, 2018

Nilanthi Samaranayake and Satu Limaye write, “China can pursue its ‘long game’ in the Himalayas because India, for both military and diplomatic reasons, hasn’t pushed back hard.”

War on the Rocks: “Doklam, One Year Later: China’s Long Game in the Himalayas”

June 8, 2018

CNA analysts Satu Limaye and Mary Ellen Connell discussed Indonesia’s maritime interests with Dr. Rizal Ramli, founder of ECONIT Advisory Group and former Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs under President Joko Widodo.

Foreign Policy

Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Program