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: Possibilities amidst flux in South Asia
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

As the US recalibrates its ties with Pakistan and Afghanistan, India must find ways to intervene in the new strategic spaces.

Pakistan and Trump: Ready for a bargain?
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

In the reordering of ties between Washington and Rawalpindi, Delhi has an opportunity.

Raja Mandala: India and Djibouti’s geopolitical scrum
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

With President Kovind’s visit, Delhi seems ready, at last, to jockey for influence in the Horn of Africa.

Raja Mandala: New foray into the great game
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Short of joining the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, New Delhi can do much in shoring up Kabul’s military capabilities

Raja Mandala: From naysayer to leader
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

As old ideological divisions break down at the UN, Delhi must take the lead in promoting practical solutions to international challenges

The case for alliance
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

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.

Raja Mandala: Inflection point in Kabul
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

The strategic rewards in Afghanistan might be as large as the risks.

Degrees of Separation
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

Perspectives on the evolution of India’s foreign policy and the challenges that lie ahead

Raja Mandala: Rearranging the BRICS
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

The forum is less about ideological posturing, more about repositioning India in changing great power equations.

Raja Mandala: Curing Rawalpindi
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

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.

The Trump discontinuity
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

His new Afghan strategy could be a game-changer for South Asia. There is an opportunity for India

How China gained from Partition
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Geopolitical legacies of the division remain the biggest drag on India’s global aspirations

Raja Mandala: Undoing the economic partition
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Delhi must find the political will to raise the intensity of India’s regional engagement.

Raja Mandala: Doklam’s unintended consequence
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

If China makes no room for compromise, India will be forced to think about coping with its power, burying illusions of Asian solidarity

Mind the power gap
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

The question is not about Chinese intentions. India must track surge in China’s economic, military capacities

Raja Mandala: India, US, and an East-of-Suez moment
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

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.

Raja Mandala: Engaging an inward looking US
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

PM Modi will need to work out a new roadmap that will help India navigate relations with Trump’s America.

Beware of Beijing
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

India should utilise Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, but it must sidestep ambushes by China and Pakistan

Raja Mandala: Transacting with Trump
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

Delhi needs to be open to several outcomes from the turbulence created by the US president

Raja Mandala: European liaisons
Tue, May 30, 2017

With Russia moving closer to China and an unpredictable administration in the US, India and Europe have much to offer each other.

Raja Mandala: Modi diplomacy, part two
Tue, May 23, 2017

Three years into his term, PM must deal with changes in great power dynamics, border troubles and backlash in the West against immigration

India & the Arabian Spectacle: Donald Trump & the Sunni Summit
Sat, May 20, 2017

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.

Raja Mandala: The politics of territory
Tue, May 16, 2017

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a wake-up call for India: Geography is tied to economics and strategy

A sacred geography
Thu, May 11, 2017

PM Modi’s second visit to Sri Lanka must help restore deeper cultural connect between the two nations

Network is the key
Tue, May 09, 2017

India must ramp up its internal connectivity to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Raja Mandala: Warming up cold Turkey
Tue, May 02, 2017

Delhi is prepared to complement hardball diplomacy with a genuine effort to expand areas of cooperation with Ankara

Three decades of mistrust
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Pragmatic approach and sustained border diplomacy could help Delhi remove apprehensions in Sri Lanka about economic cooperation with India

The Kabul convergence
Tue, Apr 18, 2017

Delhi and Washington have common interests in Afghanistan. The challenge is to turn this into effective regional policy coordination

Australia in the Bay of Bengal
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Strategic cooperation between India and Australia can contribute to the construction of a stable maritime order in the region

Sonar Bangla, again
Thu, Apr 06, 2017

India, Bangladesh relations need reframing. Modi and Hasina can restore Bengal’s regional centrality

When Trump meets Xi
Tue, Apr 04, 2017

The first diplomatic encounter between the two presidents will set the tone for Asian geopolitics in the near term.

Raja Mandala: Neighbourhood defence
Tue, Mar 28, 2017

New Delhi is waking up to China’s growing relations with India’s neighbours.

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