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.

Diplomacy for New India
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

PM Modi will need to change how different parts of government relate to each other and the world

A looming nuclear expansion
Tue, Mar 21, 2017

Trump’s wavering over US commitments to Europe and changing geopolitics in Asia could push more countries to acquire atomic weapons

Choppy waters, unsure navigator
Tue, Mar 07, 2017

Indian Ocean regionalism will need India’s impetus, but Delhi does not seem up to the task

Raja Mandala: Fruits of patience
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Foreign secretary level talks indicate that New Delhi and Beijing are on their way to resolving differences over India’s NSG membership

Raja Mandala: Getting down to work with Trump
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Like Russia and China, India should resist the temptation of ideological correctness and be realistic in engaging the American president.

Raja Mandala: Battling de-globalisation
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

India needs deeper engagement between politics, business, science to manage disruptions of new technologies, Trump presidency.

Delhi, Tokyo, Canberra
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

They could build the first of multiple middle power coalitions for regional resilience in Trump’s world.

Raja Mandala: It’s not just about H-1B
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

Delhi must leverage its manpower advantage and the size of its market even as it limits the Trump administration’s immediate disruption.

AI rules: From three to twenty three
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

As computing power grows rapidly and begins to envelop many aspects of our life, there has been a growing concern that Asimov Rules, sensible as they are, may not be adequate for the 21st century.

Reclaiming the Gulf
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

The region is eager to see India return to its traditional role as a major economic and security partner

Way forward as Trump turns America inward
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

India must prepare for his buy-American-hire-American protectionism

The Trump discontinuity
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

To deal with an unpredictable US, India will need to be more skilful, less a prisoner of the past

Raja-Mandala: Emperor Xi in Davos
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Despite a leadership vacuum in the post-Trump world, Beijing’s current unilateralism is likely to limit China’s global possibilities.

Moscow and New DC
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Trump’s USA may cooperate with Russia like never before, significantly altering global power equations.

Raja Mandala: The myth of a political bond
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

India should reconsider its stated position of shared global interests with China in view of Beijing’s repeated rebuffs in international fora

Narendra Modi and the Diaspora: From the Indian to South Asian
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

Modi has bet that Indian diaspora can enhance its contribution to India's economic development, act a bridge to the nations that host them, and help promote India's broader international goals.

Rebuilding foreign policy consensus
Tue, Jan 03, 2017

Amidst this unusual jockeying, the White House reminded Donald Trump a few days ago that there is only one president at a time.

Expand partnership with US, limit rifts with China
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

India has a trade surplus with America, which has ended its pro-Pakistan tilt and supports India’s membership of the UNSC and NSG. Washington says it wants to see India emerge as a great power; China seems to block India’s rise.

Raja mandala: The looming disruption
Tue, Dec 27, 2016

Backlash against globalisation, technological innovations and rivalries between great powers threaten India’s economic and security applecart

Raja Mandala: The odd triangle
Tue, Dec 20, 2016

The argument over the Dalai Lama is not new. But its gathering intensity could add to the turbulence in Sino-Indian relations.

Raja-Mandala: The challenge of automata
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

India must facilitate investments in artificial intelligence and be prepared to address the negative fallouts of the technological revolution.

Raja Mandala: Reconnecting Bengaluru and Delhi
Tue, Dec 06, 2016

Centre and technology hubs need to reinvent their relationship to balance the twin imperatives of innovation and economic and social regulation.

Beyond Strategic Caution
Sat, Dec 03, 2016

An insightful account of the evolution of India’s foreign policy after the Cold War.

Trump, artificial intelligence and India
Tue, Nov 29, 2016

The fusion of the cyber and the physical is transforming the global economic and security landscape. Delhi must begin to pay attention.

Raja Mandala: Sharif versus Sharif
Tue, Nov 22, 2016

Government has rarely won the battle against the army in Pakistan. Delhi must be prepared to signal its support to civilian rule.

Raja Mandala: Neweurasia
Tue, Nov 15, 2016

The Trump effect is likely to reconfigure the region’s politics

How should New Delhi read The Donald in White House
Thu, Nov 10, 2016

Depends on how nationalism, anti-globalism and xenophobia play out as policy in US, across world.

Raja Mandala: Artificial intelligence, real politics
Tue, Nov 08, 2016

America is increasingly using AI in political campaigns, newsrooms and analyses, sparking a debate on efficiency versus social responsibility.

Man in the middle
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

Vladimir Putin has been a talking point in US polls. Whoever wins, Russia-US tensions may deepen.

The east wind is coming
Sat, Nov 05, 2016

Japan, however, was clearly an exception rather than the rule. Its route to rise through reform, modernisation and Westernisation seemed quite difficult for its Asian neighbours.

India and Nepal must build on their unique political, social and economic ties
Tue, Nov 01, 2016

For India, Nepal is the “Punya Bhoomi”, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi often reminds us.

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.