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: 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.

Raja-Mandala: Towards Trumpistan
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

India’s expanding stakes in the US demand a less instrumental, more strategic view of a changing American politics

Raja-Mandala: A most exceptional friendship
Tue, Jan 26, 2016

France has emerged, steadily since the 1990s, as India’s most trusted international partner

Raja-Mandala: Re-imagining the Middle East
Tue, Jan 19, 2016

Persisting with its traditional political timidity in the region will cost India dearly

Beyond ‘Akhand Bharat’: ‘Greater India’ and ‘Global South Asia’
Sun, Jan 17, 2016

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.

Raja-Mandala: Silence is golden
Tue, Jan 12, 2016

Post-Pathankot, Washington must remember India-Pak ties improve when it refuses to intercede

Raja Mandala: Akhand Bharat and other stories
Tue, Jan 05, 2016

The idea of subcontinental unity has endured. Its definition continues to be problematic

Raja-Mandala: Modi’s Pakistan opportunity
Tue, Dec 29, 2015

He must ignore the scepticism in Delhi. There is support, across a large number of political constituencies, for his Pak policy

Modi-Sharif meeting in Lahore: Why surprise? To deny space to spoilers, ramp up level of talks
Sat, Dec 26, 2015

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.

Raja Mandala: Dargah diplomacy
Tue, Dec 22, 2015

Few thought PM Modi would put religion and culture into the diplomatic mix with Pakistan. He has sprung a surprise

Raja-Mandala: A new way to Act East
Tue, Dec 15, 2015

India’s unfolding partnership with Japan allows Delhi to respond more effectively to China’s One Belt, One Road initiative.

Asian G-2: Modi and Abe are drawn together
Fri, Dec 11, 2015

They are betting that Japan and India can influence Asia’s strategic future by reclaiming regional leadership.

Raja-Mandala: Delhi to Rawalpindi
Tue, Dec 08, 2015

Along with the Bangkok breakthrough, a line of communication has been established with Pakistan’s army chief

Raja-Mandala: Modi’s multilateral moment
Tue, Dec 01, 2015

Whatever the outcome in Paris, this round marks an important shift in India’s climate diplomacy

Raja-Mandala: Japan’s counter to China’s silk road
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

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.

With help from diplomacy
Sat, Nov 21, 2015

Modi can leverage foreign policy, in political and economic terms, to repair his domestic image

Modi, Cameron and India’s neighbours: Minimise differences, expand cooperation
Wed, Nov 18, 2015

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.

Raja-Mandala: The final burial of non-alignment
Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Delhi’s new approach to defence diplomacy came out clearly in the comprehensive joint security agenda set by Modi and Cameron

Raja-Mandala: Bihar’s long shadow
Tue, Nov 10, 2015

The rout in Patna could generate complications for Modi’s conduct of international relations, at least in the near term.

Raja-Mandala: Why Delhi must not be at sea
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

As they look to diversify security partnerships, Manila and Hanoi would like to see India be more forthcoming with its hard power