James Schwemlein

Nonresident Scholar
South Asia Program
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James Schwemlein is a nonresident scholar in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
 

Education

MA, International Affairs, American University, 2009
BA, History and Religious Studies, Elon University, 2007

Languages

English

 

James Schwemlein is a nonresident scholar in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he writes and works on South Asia and the Indo-Pacific.

He is also a senior director with Albright Stonebridge Group, where he advises clients on regulatory challenges and business strategies.

Schwemlein previously served at both the World Bank and the U.S. State Department. At the World Bank, he co-led a project assessing the political and economic risks associated with China’s expanding investments in South Asia and advised local governments on how best to manage those risks.

Earlier in his career, Schwemlein served as senior advisor to the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the State Department, helping lead regional diplomatic strategy and negotiations around the Afghanistan conflict. He was also responsible for improving the alignment of U.S. development and economic programs and initiatives to advance U.S. interests in the region. He previously worked on the Pakistan desk at the State Department and as a trade policy officer responsible for trade and investment promotion activities.

Schwemlein is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received his M.A. in international affairs from American University and his B.A. from Elon University.

  • Residents pass an Afghan flag flying on a hill top in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.
    August 18, 2021 Русский
    Afghanistan Under the Taliban

    Experts from throughout Carnegie’s global network assess the stark humanitarian toll, the regional ramifications, and the diplomatic challenges posed by the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

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  • How Biden Can Make the Quad Endure
    Article March 11, 2021
    How Biden Can Make the Quad Endure

    To succeed, the Quad needs to evolve from a China-focused club of four to a group of first movers on an array of specific functional challenges. The best way to do this is for the four countries to form the core of a rotating set of ad hoc problem-solving coalitions in the Indo-Pacific.

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  • A train in China
    Center for Strategic and International Studies January 29, 2020
    Strategic Implications of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

    How the India-Pakistan rivalry will play into the emerging great power competition in South Asia.

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  • Strategic Implications of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
    United States Institute of Peace December 16, 2019
    Strategic Implications of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

    The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has strategic implications for China-Pakistan, China-India, India-U.S., and U.S.-China relations. U.S. targeted support to Pakistan could prevent Pakistan’s dependence on China, mitigating some of the most negative effects.

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  • Flawed by Design: The Challenge of Flawed Democracies to China's Rise
    Asian Affairs May 7, 2019
    Flawed by Design: The Challenge of Flawed Democracies to China’s Rise

    BRI recipient states undergoing democratic transitions are asserting greater influence over the direction of China’s efforts. This is likely to continue as long as China’s flawed business model remains unchanged.

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  • Reciprocal Attacks Inflame India-Pakistan Hostilities
    Op-Ed Axios February 26, 2019
    Reciprocal Attacks Inflame India-Pakistan Hostilities

    Indian observers hope that the enhanced military capabilities demonstrated in India’s attack will deter future Pakistani terrorism.

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  • What Malaysia and Pakistan Could Teach Both China and the U.S. About the Belt and Road Initiative
    Op-Ed South China Morning Post November 5, 2018 中文
    What Malaysia and Pakistan Could Teach Both China and the U.S. About the Belt and Road Initiative

    As belt and road investments have rolled out across the world, they have been dogged by allegations of corruption and enabled by China’s willingness to seemingly ignore poor governance in its partners.

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  • Financial Crimes and Punishment
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy October 30, 2018
    Financial Crimes and Punishment

    The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had its annual plenary meeting last week in Paris, where it grappled with hard cases, like Pakistan. FATF’s blacklist for nations that do not uphold its standards can effectively cut them off from the international financial system.

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  • Is Pakistan Open to American Business?
    March 5, 2020 Washington, DC
    Is Pakistan Open to American Business?

    Pakistani ambassador-at-large Ali Jehangir Siddiqui discusses Pakistan-U.S. business ties in the context of the U.S.-Taliban negotiations and the U.S.'s hopes to end the war in Afghanistan.

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