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 Chinese navy first showed its flag in the Indian Ocean nearly three decades ago, when it began to make ship visits to Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Agreement between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal marks a new sub-regional framework.
The impressive participation around the world on International Yoga Day is indeed a testimony to India’s immense reservoir of soft power.
As Tehran and Washington inch towards a nuclear deal, there will be much room for expansive engagement between India and Iran.
If China’s stakes in Myanmar are massive and enduring, Suu Kyi can’t ignore Myanmar’s deep historic ties with China and the logic of geography.
India’s inward economic orientation and preoccupation with the troubled land borders in the north and northwest resulted in Delhi neglecting its maritime frontiers.
Detritus of 1947 is being cleared. In Dhaka, Modi must unveil forward-looking economic agenda for region.
Both are under pressure to cope with the challenges of the current fluid power dynamic in Asia.
The tone of disinterest in Asian defence diplomacy, set by A.K. Antony during the UPA years, appears to continue under the Narendra Modi government.
Narendra Modi’s greatest momentum has been in foreign policy. But the external opportunities he has successfully created for India could be undermined by potential domestic failures.
Although geography limits New Delhi’s role in East Asia, Modi is betting India can win friends and partners through active engagement.
India should judge the possibilities for civil nuclear cooperation with China on the basis of technical merit and economic costs.
Modi is trying to move the Sino-Indian relationship out of the stasis that it finds itself in.
Modi is abandoning the old approach to China. But he needs to get the Delhi establishment to play ball.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit next month must focus on making the border regions a zone of peace, stability and economic cooperation.
President Pranab Mukherjee's decision to join WWII commemorative ceremonies in Russia important to India for manifold reasons.
If there was a moment to lend substance to the claim that the neighbourhood ranks first in India’s foreign policy, it is now and in Nepal.
During Ashraf Ghani’s visit, Delhi must signal support informed by an appreciation of Afghanistan’s strategic dilemmas.
A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood.
Chinese president’s visit to Pakistan could be an opportunity to transform New Delhi’s relationship with Islamabad and Beijing.
As they face similar threats from religious extremism and terrorism, India and Canada can significantly expand their intelligence-sharing on a bilateral basis.
Paris, Berlin and Ottawa can each contribute substantially to the realisation of India’s new national goals.
Beijing and Delhi have regularly tasked their armed forces with evacuation operations in different parts of the world.
A nuclear agreement could end the long confrontation between Iran and the West — and also open up diplomatic space for India.
A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood
India has begun to mobilise naval and air resources to rescue the nearly 3700 citizens said to be living in Yemen.
China has long seen Myanmar and Pakistan as gateways to the Indian Ocean.
Both countries must use economic cooperation to de-emphasise disputes.
During his two day visit to Sri Lanka, PM Modi presented India as an engaged but not too intrusive a neighbour.
It is not easy to recall the last time when an Indian Prime Minister articulated India’s objectives and policy for the Indian Ocean.
Whatever its name, Delhi needs a more purposeful engagement in Indian Ocean.
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.
Sharif owes big to Saudi Arabia, which sheltered him at the darkest moment of his political career.
All of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s predecessors, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Manmohan Singh, have had to deal with this external dimension to Kashmir.
A new regional dynamic is shaping India’s relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan. Delhi needs a new strategy for this critical sub-region.
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.