C. Raja Mohan

The writer is director, Carnegie India, and the consulting editor on foreign affairs for 'The Indian Express'. Before his association with The Indian Express began in 2004, Raja Mohan worked for The Hindu as its Washington correspondent and Strategic Affairs Editor. He was a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.  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.

Raja Mandala: The expansion of Sinosphere
Tue, Oct 25, 2016

China has tapped into anti-American sentiments in Asia to develop alternatives to US-led institutions in the region.

Raja Mandala: Power and principle
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

On its part, India must move away from from the idea of parity with China to finding ways to cope with the consequences of the growing gap in material capabilities.

BRICS summit: Putin, Xi, Modi
Sat, Oct 15, 2016

The example of NATO, the world’s most powerful military alliance, is instructive. The US and West European states came together in 1949 to counter what they saw as an assertive Soviet Union after World War II.

Raja Mandala: Bay of Bengal’s glad tidings
Tue, Oct 11, 2016

Dhaka and Colombo’s commitment to regionalism indicates that the climate is right for bringing South and South East Asia closer.

Raja Mandala: Breaking the Panipat syndrome
Tue, Oct 04, 2016

Redefinition of the Afghan issue in the region and India’s conflict with Pakistan could mean a greater role for Delhi in Kabul.

Breaking out of the box
Mon, Oct 03, 2016

PM Modi’s test begins now. He must retain control over escalation, ensure cross-border attacks become a regular response to terror strikes from across LoC, sustain pressure on Rawalpindi’s vulnerabilities.

Raja Mandala: SAARC minus one
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

India’s search for alternatives to this regional forum must quicken.

Raja Mandala: Get real on Russia
Tue, Sep 27, 2016

As it draws closer to Pakistan and China, India must stop taking it for granted.

The risk-taker
Sun, Sep 25, 2016

PM Modi’s strategy of escalation vis a vis Pakistan seems like a gamble. But it is not without calculation.

Raja Mandala: A movement in coma
Tue, Sep 20, 2016

The non-aligned project has long stopped being a foreign policy priority for its members.

Raja Mandala: New dynamic in the north west
Tue, Sep 13, 2016

With Afghanistan seeking a stronger security partnership with India, Delhi must evaluate the strategic opportunities and risks.

Balancing Asia
Thu, Sep 08, 2016

The fourth phase of India’s engagement with the East is overdue.

Raja Mandala: The myth of military neutrality
Tue, Sep 06, 2016

With Chinese influence growing in the subcontinent, India needs greater engagement with the big powers.

A reunion of friends
Fri, Sep 02, 2016

It’s a different Middle East, but Modi and Sisi need to reclaim the legacy of Nehru and Nasser.

Raja Mandala: Seal the partnership
Tue, Aug 30, 2016

Modi and Obama should wrap up the unfinished tasks in the agenda set by them before a new regime takes over in Washington.

Raja Mandala: The Great Wall of China
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

Delhi’s Look East policy has to contend with Beijing, seen to be a more reliable partner for Nepal and Myanmar in development projects.

Contest on two fronts
Fri, Aug 19, 2016

Balochistan and Kashmir have become key strategic points in Sino-Pak ties, upsetting India’s traditional engagement with the two countries.

The Balochistan gamble
Tue, Aug 16, 2016

PM raises stakes with Pak. But Srinagar, not Balochistan, must be at heart of Kashmir strategy.

Chinese Foreign Minister’s Delhi visit is an occasion to start a conversation with Beijing
Fri, Aug 12, 2016

India might think of itself as equal to China, but the realists point to the power shift that has begun to express itself in Beijing’s ties with Delhi.

Raja Mandala: Pragmatic about SAARC
Tue, Aug 09, 2016

India should be patient with Pakistan, engage with other South Asian countries and not give up on the regional forum.

Donald Trump’s views on war and peace are a striking departure from his party’s positions
Tue, Aug 02, 2016

Donald Trump has sent shock waves around the world by distancing himself from most of the things that the Republican Party has stood for in recent years.

Raja-Mandala: Frontrunner’s dilemmas
Tue, Jul 26, 2016

As Trump’s support cuts across traditional lines, Hillary Clinton has a tough task

Donald Trump has shaken the core principles of both Republicans and Democrats
Tue, Jul 19, 2016

Whatever the reasons, there is no disregarding the extraordinary rise of Trump in American politics over the past few months

Raja-Mandala: Drawing a line in the sea
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

China’s rejection of international arbitration raises questions. Delhi’s reaction must focus on need to de-escalate conflict in South China Sea.

Raja-Mandala: Speak frankly with China
Tue, Jul 05, 2016

Delhi needs a more agile — and more open — policy to engage with Beijing

Raja-Mandala: Modi govt’s renewed efforts for NSG membership are worth following
Tue, Jun 28, 2016

The Narendra Modi government is not easily rattled by disapproving noises.

In Fact: How India can signal solidarity with both the EU and Britain
Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Should leverage goodwill with Brexiteers, move on a quick FTA, explore possibilities in C’wealth.

Raja Mandala: Delhi’s new diplomatic chutzpah
Tue, Jun 21, 2016

India’s high-wire NSG diplomacy reveals a new level of self-assurance that can explore the room for accommodation in all directions.

Time for India to move to shed its other ‘hesitations of history’, especially towards China, Pakistan
Tue, Jun 14, 2016

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi consolidates the strategic partnership with the United States, critics and doubters have questions about the cost of becoming real friends with America

Strategic symphony
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

PM Modi’s US visit has highlighted a new sense of purpose between New Delhi and Washington.

Narendra Modi’s Congress: terms of endearment
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

The partnership between the two countries has never had the kind of depth and breadth that it has today. Modi is aware of the special role the Congress played in getting the two nations to this point.

Raja Mandala: Sailing into the Indo-Pacific
Tue, Jun 07, 2016

As Delhi’s economic weight grows and its strategic footprint widens, the return of the idea, and the ambition, was inevitable.

India, US, a new moment
Sat, Jun 04, 2016

Modi, Obama must work out a new framework for geo-political burden-sharing between India, US

Raja Mandala: Regional India, global South Asia
Tue, May 31, 2016

As other powers engage South Asian nations, Delhi must deal with a changing Subcontinent.

Raja Mandala: What Pranab must say to Beijing
Tue, May 24, 2016

India’s president needs to convey to his hosts that there is decreasing tolerance for China’s NSG mischief.

India’s Chabahar test
Mon, May 23, 2016

Project illustrates India’s opportunity. Delay points to deep-rooted internal constraints