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.
New Delhi’s engagement with several nations signals a maturing of foreign policy in keeping with its changing interests in a multipolar world.
Delhi has ignored Central Europe and neglected the EU. It’s time to correct the imbalance.
Two books attempt to contextualise the 1962 war and the softer diplomatic bouts between India and China
Events that year had a deep impact on the Subcontinent. Delhi must cheer on Saudi crown prince’s effort to take on religious extremists.
Looking beyond the traditional areas of high-technology and defence cooperation, and the more recent focus on global mitigation of climate change, Delhi and Paris appear ready to lend a strong regional dimension to their strategic partnership.
Delhi discards the ambiguities of the 1970s, appears ready to do business on the basis of enlightened self-interest.
Microsoft is pushing for global cyber rules to protect individual Internet users and civilian infrastructure from cyber attacks by nation states during peacetime. But govts may not be willing to limit their strategic options.
China’s rise and domestic turbulence in America have created an opportunity for India in Asia
Britain is showing renewed interest in the 52-nation forum. India could play a key role in its revival.
Japan’s plans to draw in UK, France into its alliance with India, Australia and the US will reinforce New Delhi’s partnerships in Europe.
The concept of quadrilateral cooperation among India, Japan, Australia and US is inextricably linked to China’s emergence as a great power, whose unilateralism drives Asian nations to band together
The endeavour of India, Japan and US to connect the Pacific and Indian Oceans could be an alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative and enhance the bargaining power of small countries vis-a-vis Beijing.
India-US ties have deepened but remain short of fulfilling their potential. Trump regime could contribute to India’s rise as a regional power.
As the US recalibrates its ties with Pakistan and Afghanistan, India must find ways to intervene in the new strategic spaces.
In the reordering of ties between Washington and Rawalpindi, Delhi has an opportunity.
With President Kovind’s visit, Delhi seems ready, at last, to jockey for influence in the Horn of Africa.
Short of joining the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, New Delhi can do much in shoring up Kabul’s military capabilities
As old ideological divisions break down at the UN, Delhi must take the lead in promoting practical solutions to international challenges
Rise of China and uncertainty over America’s role in Asia has brought Japan and India closer. Modi and Abe can overcome the bureaucratic inertia that limits the relationship’s possibilities.
The strategic rewards in Afghanistan might be as large as the risks.
Perspectives on the evolution of India’s foreign policy and the challenges that lie ahead
The forum is less about ideological posturing, more about repositioning India in changing great power equations.
Jihad as foreign policy was indeed encouraged by the US in the 1980s and blessed by many leading Islamic countries, Western Europe and China as part of the global effort against the Soviet army’s occupation of Afghanistan.
His new Afghan strategy could be a game-changer for South Asia. There is an opportunity for India
Geopolitical legacies of the division remain the biggest drag on India’s global aspirations
Delhi must find the political will to raise the intensity of India’s regional engagement.
If China makes no room for compromise, India will be forced to think about coping with its power, burying illusions of Asian solidarity
The question is not about Chinese intentions. India must track surge in China’s economic, military capacities
The effort to construct an India-US strategic partnership in the last two decades was based on the assumption that the American unipolar moment will endure.
PM Modi will need to work out a new roadmap that will help India navigate relations with Trump’s America.
India should utilise Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, but it must sidestep ambushes by China and Pakistan
Delhi needs to be open to several outcomes from the turbulence created by the US president
With Russia moving closer to China and an unpredictable administration in the US, India and Europe have much to offer each other.
Three years into his term, PM must deal with changes in great power dynamics, border troubles and backlash in the West against immigration
As Trump’s military escalation threatens to unravel the old order in the Middle East, India needs to act purposefully to limit the potential negative consequences for the Subcontinent.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a wake-up call for India: Geography is tied to economics and strategy