Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

C. Raja Mohan

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

The great game folio: Pakistan in Yemen
Tue, Mar 31, 2015

A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood

India and the civil war in Yemen
Sat, Mar 28, 2015

India has begun to mobilise naval and air resources to rescue the nearly 3700 citizens said to be living in Yemen.

Chinese Takeaway: Border Paradox
Tue, Mar 24, 2015

China has long seen Myanmar and Pakistan as gateways to the Indian Ocean.

Redoing India-China sums
Mon, Mar 23, 2015

Both countries must use economic cooperation to de-emphasise disputes.

The great Game Folio: How to Intervene
Tue, Mar 17, 2015

During his two day visit to Sri Lanka, PM Modi presented India as an engaged but not too intrusive a neighbour.

Narendra Modi and the Ocean: Maritime power and responsibility
Thu, Mar 12, 2015

It is not easy to recall the last time when an Indian Prime Minister articulated India’s objectives and policy for the Indian Ocean.

Modi’s Sagar Mala
Wed, Mar 11, 2015

Whatever its name, Delhi needs a more purposeful engagement in Indian Ocean.

Silk Road Focus: Chinese Takeaway
Tue, Mar 10, 2015

While most of India’s immediate neighbours are eager to join the Silk Road orchestra, New Delhi has chosen to stay out of the symphony for now.

Nawaz Sharif in Saudi Arabia: Pakistan’s Leverage in the Gulf
Mon, Mar 09, 2015

Sharif owes big to Saudi Arabia, which sheltered him at the darkest moment of his political career.

The great Game Folio: Kashmir gambit
Wed, Mar 04, 2015

All of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s predecessors, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Manmohan Singh, have had to deal with this external dimension to Kashmir.

Opinion: Northwest turbulence
Tue, Mar 03, 2015

A new regional dynamic is shaping India’s relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan. Delhi needs a new strategy for this critical sub-region.

Chinese Takeaway: Railway Lessons
Wed, Feb 25, 2015

By the turn of the 20th century, the subcontinent had nearly 15,000 km of railway track, in comparison to just 600 km in China.

The great Game Folio: Defence Diplomacy
Sat, Feb 21, 2015

Addressing the gathering, Xi underlined the importance of military diplomacy in achieving Beijing’s larger national goals.

Afghan Arena: Exit America, Enter China
Wed, Feb 18, 2015

The first round of the forum saw China announce some major commitments to promote regional cooperation.

Modi’s cricket diplomacy: Renewing political contact with Pakistan
Fri, Feb 13, 2015

Foreign secretary S. Jaishankar should explore a new framework of engagement with Pakistan.

The Second World War: Time to Mark India’s Contributions
Fri, Feb 06, 2015

Indian national movement was deeply divided on how to deal with the World War-II and the rapidly shifting alliances among the great powers.

Chinesetakeaway: Sushma in Beijing
Wed, Feb 04, 2015

Swaraj signalled India’s determination to intensify the engagement with China on a pragmatic basis.

The great Game Folio: Modi’s China Problem
Fri, Jan 30, 2015

Delhi must recognise that its relations with both America and China have potential and must be developed with greater purpose and vigour.

The art of the deal
Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Modi has signalled a transformation of India’s diplomatic culture.

Day 3: India, US ready to talk to — not at — each other
Wed, Jan 28, 2015

Obama cautioned his hosts against the emerging threats to its cultural and religious pluralism.

What day Two means: They link power, politics and business
Tue, Jan 27, 2015

India and America now find their shared political values more in tune with their strategic interests.

From reluctant UPA to confident NDA
Mon, Jan 26, 2015

The PM’s moves today included a decisive resolution of some of the outstanding issues.

Modi discarding political skepticism about America is about to pay off
Sun, Jan 25, 2015

As he articulates India’s strategic ambitions, Modi would like Obama to endorse them explicitly.

Plumbing over poetry
Fri, Jan 23, 2015

India, US have the grand design. Modi, Obama must focus on implementation.

The Great Game Folio: Obama and Pakistan
Wed, Jan 21, 2015

As Obama ends America’s long occupation of Afghanistan, there are questions about the future of the US-Pak relationship.

Chinese Takeaway: Regime Change
Fri, Jan 16, 2015

The exit of Rajapaksa is a diplomatic problem in the near term for Beijing.

Colombo powershift is Delhi opportunity
Sat, Jan 10, 2015

Rajapaksa’s active support to the Chinese proposal on the Maritime Silk Road has magnified New Delhi’s concerns about Colombo’s embrace of Beijing.

Global nation
Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Modi readies a new pact between India and its diaspora

The Great Game Folio: Saudi succession
Wed, Jan 07, 2015

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has been described by many as the “custodian of the world’s oil prices.”

Chinese Takeaway: Beijing’s South Asia
Sat, Jan 03, 2015

The problem of closing the military gap with China is not a hard one to think through.

An unclaimed legacy
Tue, Dec 30, 2014

Can Modi, like Vajpayee, insulate foreign policy from hawks and conservatives?

The great Game Folio: Ocean Diplomacy
Wed, Dec 24, 2014

Multilateral diplomacy is an important but minor part of a new Indian Ocean strategy that New Delhi needs to develop.

Held back by Hindutva
Tue, Dec 23, 2014

Resurgent anti-modernism could derail development and India’s global ambitions.

Chinese takeaway: Beijing’s Afghan Role
Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Post-Partition geography has made Pakistan the most important regional actor in Afghanistan.

Modi’s Diplomacy: Yoga, Democracy and India’s Soft Power
Mon, Dec 15, 2014

Modi govt should also distance itself from the efforts of Hindu groups at home and abroad that want to take back yoga.

Afghanistan: The great Game Folio
Fri, Dec 12, 2014

A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood.