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.


May 28, 2020

Satu Limaye says, "The last thing India will want is a view that it cannot handle China on its own and needs the U.S. or any other country."

CBS News: "Trump Offers to Mediate 'Raging' Standoff Between China and India - What's It All About?"

March 27, 2020

Satu Limaye says, "We are at an inflection point about the path we are going to take, and I don't think that it's settled."

The Strait Times: "Asian Insider Podcast: Has China Won? the U.S.-China Rivalry Revs Up" [4:22-4:31]

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”

Foreign Policy

Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Program