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.


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.

May 4, 2018

Eric Thompson, Rear Adm. Michael McDevitt, Satu Limaye, Nilanthi Samaranayake, and Adm. William Fallon attend a bilateral discussion on power-plays and responses of the U.S., China, India, and Japan within the Indo-Pacific.

National Maritime Foundation: 9th NMF-CNA Bilateral Dialogue

June 26, 2017

CNA analyst Satu Limaye, Ph.D. moderated a panel on “The Launch of India Matters for America/America Matters for India” at the Hart Senate Office Building on June 26. Learn more.

May 31, 2017

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace cites CNA’s “The Long Littoral Project: Bay of Bengalby CNA analyst Nilanthi Samaranayake and “Water Resource Competition in the Brahmaputra River Basin: China, India, and Bangladesh,” by CNA analysts Nilanthi Samaranayake, Satu Limaye, Ph.D. and Joel Wuthnow in “It’s Time to Deepen Integration Around the Bay of Bengal”

March 24, 2017

CNA analyst Satu Limaye, Ph.D. will speak at the seminar "Beyond the Island Dispute: Democracy, Regionalism, and Global Politics in Southeast Asia" on Friday, March 24 at Boston University