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: 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

Raja Mandala: Obama, Trump and a question in Japan
Tue, May 17, 2016

America’s leaders have drawn attention to a deep paradox of Japan’s nuclear story

Raja Mandala: Message from the Maha Kumbh
Tue, May 10, 2016

Ujjain event suggests that the Modi government’s religious diplomacy is here to stay.

Beyond Gunboat Diplomacy
Sat, May 07, 2016

The subtle art of geoeconomics and the limitations of military force form the core of this analysis of America’s foreign policy

Raja-Mandala: Delhi and Donald Trump
Tue, May 03, 2016

India must prepare for a potential discontinuity in America’s foreign relations.

Raja-Mandala: Aligning with the far to balance the near
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Delhi must not let commonsense with Beijing turn into a policy of self-denial with Washington

Raja-Mandala: India, OIC and the Kashmir charade
Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Anyone familiar with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation knows its prosaic routine on J&K.

Delhi seems ready to compete with Beijing where it must and cooperate where it can
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

The UPA government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh struggled to overcome many of the traditional weaknesses of India’s China policy

India-US defence partnership: Making haste, slowly
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

The LSA would help Indian armed forces, especially its navy, to operate far from subcontinental shores at a moment when New Delhi has to secure its widely dispersed interests in the Indian Ocean and beyond.

Raja-Mandala: India, US and Artificial Intelligence
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Delhi needs a policy framework and engagement with Washington to take advantage of a tech revolution critical for its own security

Raja-Mandala: Returning India to the Gulf
Tue, Apr 05, 2016

India needed to drop its posturing and step  up political and security engagement.  That’s what PM Modi is doing

Raja-Mandala: Spying gracelessly
Tue, Mar 29, 2016

It’s natural for India and Pakistan to spy on each other. But it’s time they instituted spy swaps to bring them home when they get caught.

How to make peace with your neighbour
Sat, Mar 26, 2016

BG Verghese’s last book is a pragmatic reminder of the necessity of an India-Pakistan reconciliation.

Raja-Mandala: Bridge to China
Tue, Mar 22, 2016

A rising China and the anti-India resentments of Kathmandu’s hill elite, however, have the potential to neutralise, over the longer term, some of Delhi’s natural strategic advantages in Nepal.

Raja-Mandala: Realism and the Obama Doctrine
Tue, Mar 15, 2016

The US president sees the world as a messy place not always amenable to the use of American force.

Raja-Mandala: Trading places
Wed, Mar 09, 2016

On the South China Sea, Delhi speaks less in public while Washington can’t stop talking.

Trump in Delhi
Fri, Mar 04, 2016

US is changing, it can’t be taken for granted. Why India must prepare for a larger global role.

Raja-Mandala: Retrieving the momentum
Tue, Feb 23, 2016

The euphoria, however, did not take long to fade as the complex regional dynamics provided a reality check to Modi’s diplomacy.

Beyond the News: China’s railway, India’s opportunity
Wed, Feb 17, 2016

After a two-week journey from Yiwu, in Beijing’s industrial heartland in the eastern Zhejiang province, the 32-container train that arrived in Tehran on Monday is the first ever to traverse the fabled silk road between China and Iran.

Raja-mandala: A short history of F-16s
Tue, Feb 16, 2016

India is not really bothered by eight F-16s but by the political consequences of US assistance to Pakistan

Book review of JFK’s Forgotten Crisis: The Handshake That Wasn’t
Sat, Feb 13, 2016

In 1962, betrayed by China, India reached out to America for help. A fascinating story of what might have been a vital strategic partnership

Raja-Mandala: Maritime India versus Continental Delhi
Tue, Feb 09, 2016

International fleet review was a reminder of India’s naval imperative and the need to acknowledge it.