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.
International fleet review was a reminder of India’s naval imperative and the need to acknowledge it.
India’s expanding stakes in the US demand a less instrumental, more strategic view of a changing American politics
France has emerged, steadily since the 1990s, as India’s most trusted international partner
Persisting with its traditional political timidity in the region will cost India dearly
Although India and its neighbours have increasingly reached out to their respective overseas communities, none of them have viewed the massive stock of South Asian diaspora as a composite entity with many shared interests.
Post-Pathankot, Washington must remember India-Pak ties improve when it refuses to intercede
The idea of subcontinental unity has endured. Its definition continues to be problematic
He must ignore the scepticism in Delhi. There is support, across a large number of political constituencies, for his Pak policy
Despite the twists and turns since then, Modi and Sharif had kept up a conversation, in public and private, despite entrenched skepticism in both capitals.
Few thought PM Modi would put religion and culture into the diplomatic mix with Pakistan. He has sprung a surprise
India’s unfolding partnership with Japan allows Delhi to respond more effectively to China’s One Belt, One Road initiative.
They are betting that Japan and India can influence Asia’s strategic future by reclaiming regional leadership.
Along with the Bangkok breakthrough, a line of communication has been established with Pakistan’s army chief
Whatever the outcome in Paris, this round marks an important shift in India’s climate diplomacy
As countries ranging from Britain to Brunei and Tanzania to Tajikistan jumped on Xi’s Silk Road bandwagon, Japan, the other Asian giant and the world’s third-largest economy, watched warily.
Modi can leverage foreign policy, in political and economic terms, to repair his domestic image
One joint statement does not guarantee that Delhi and London will be best friends forever in the Subcontinent and the Indian Ocean. But it heralds the beginning of a new phase in the regional engagement between India and Britain.
Delhi’s new approach to defence diplomacy came out clearly in the comprehensive joint security agenda set by Modi and Cameron
The rout in Patna could generate complications for Modi’s conduct of international relations, at least in the near term.
As they look to diversify security partnerships, Manila and Hanoi would like to see India be more forthcoming with its hard power
The Africa summit provides the PM with an opportunity to think more boldly about India’s security engagement with the continent.
India needs to think with its head to exploit opportunities in the US-Pak nuclear negotiations.
For the foreseeable future, there is no prospect that India’s military ties with the U.S. and China will be similar let alone symmetric.
Narendra Modi’s impressive outreach to the neighbours when he took charge of Indian diplomacy in May 2014 has seen some unfortunate stumbles — in the Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan.
Although the deal has been termed a potential “diplomatic blockbuster”, its inherent contradictions may make it difficult to sell in both the US and Pakistan.
Neither Prime Minister Narendra Modi nor Chancellor Angela Merkel may have heard of the “Hindu-German conspiracy”.
India does well to revise its approach to international peacekeeping
Modi and Obama need to lock-in recent gains, compel their bureaucracies to turn declarations into outcomes.
US and China cooperate as well as compete in the cyber domain. India must take notes
Having recast key bilateral ties, Modi now has a chance to end Delhi’s defensiveness in approaching the world.
The causeway across the Palk Strait could become the most powerful symbol of South Asia’s new regionalism.
RSS reminder on special relations with Pakistan should coax a coherent strategy from government.
In most societies, the past is never really past. It is continually put to political use by governments in pursuit of a current political objective. China is no exception.
In being unafraid of bringing religion into foreign policy, Modi treads new ground in India. But there are dangers.
India and Pakistan can’t stay away from each other or with each other for too long
India-Pak relations and Kashmir enter uncharted waters.