C. Raja Mohan is consulting editor on foreign affairs for The Indian Express and a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Before his association with The Indian Express began in 2004, Raja Mohan worked for The Hindu as its Washington correspondent and Strategic Affairs Editor. In his academic avatar, Raja Mohan has been professor of South Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. As a think tanker, he worked at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. He is on the editorial board of various international affairs journals and is affiliated with the Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore; the Lowy Institute, Sydney; and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC. He is the author, most recently, of Samudra Manthan: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific.
A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood
India has begun to mobilise naval and air resources to rescue the nearly 3700 citizens said to be living in Yemen.
China has long seen Myanmar and Pakistan as gateways to the Indian Ocean.
Both countries must use economic cooperation to de-emphasise disputes.
During his two day visit to Sri Lanka, PM Modi presented India as an engaged but not too intrusive a neighbour.
It is not easy to recall the last time when an Indian Prime Minister articulated India’s objectives and policy for the Indian Ocean.
Whatever its name, Delhi needs a more purposeful engagement in Indian Ocean.
While most of India’s immediate neighbours are eager to join the Silk Road orchestra, New Delhi has chosen to stay out of the symphony for now.
Sharif owes big to Saudi Arabia, which sheltered him at the darkest moment of his political career.
All of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s predecessors, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Manmohan Singh, have had to deal with this external dimension to Kashmir.
A new regional dynamic is shaping India’s relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan. Delhi needs a new strategy for this critical sub-region.
By the turn of the 20th century, the subcontinent had nearly 15,000 km of railway track, in comparison to just 600 km in China.
Addressing the gathering, Xi underlined the importance of military diplomacy in achieving Beijing’s larger national goals.
The first round of the forum saw China announce some major commitments to promote regional cooperation.
Foreign secretary S. Jaishankar should explore a new framework of engagement with Pakistan.
Indian national movement was deeply divided on how to deal with the World War-II and the rapidly shifting alliances among the great powers.
Swaraj signalled India’s determination to intensify the engagement with China on a pragmatic basis.
Delhi must recognise that its relations with both America and China have potential and must be developed with greater purpose and vigour.
Modi has signalled a transformation of India’s diplomatic culture.
Obama cautioned his hosts against the emerging threats to its cultural and religious pluralism.
India and America now find their shared political values more in tune with their strategic interests.
The PM’s moves today included a decisive resolution of some of the outstanding issues.
As he articulates India’s strategic ambitions, Modi would like Obama to endorse them explicitly.
India, US have the grand design. Modi, Obama must focus on implementation.
As Obama ends America’s long occupation of Afghanistan, there are questions about the future of the US-Pak relationship.
The exit of Rajapaksa is a diplomatic problem in the near term for Beijing.
Rajapaksa’s active support to the Chinese proposal on the Maritime Silk Road has magnified New Delhi’s concerns about Colombo’s embrace of Beijing.
Modi readies a new pact between India and its diaspora
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has been described by many as the “custodian of the world’s oil prices.”
The problem of closing the military gap with China is not a hard one to think through.
Can Modi, like Vajpayee, insulate foreign policy from hawks and conservatives?
Multilateral diplomacy is an important but minor part of a new Indian Ocean strategy that New Delhi needs to develop.
Resurgent anti-modernism could derail development and India’s global ambitions.
Post-Partition geography has made Pakistan the most important regional actor in Afghanistan.
Modi govt should also distance itself from the efforts of Hindu groups at home and abroad that want to take back yoga.
A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood.