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.
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PM Modi’s US visit has highlighted a new sense of purpose between New Delhi and Washington.
The partnership between the two countries has never had the kind of depth and breadth that it has today. Modi is aware of the special role the Congress played in getting the two nations to this point.
As Delhi’s economic weight grows and its strategic footprint widens, the return of the idea, and the ambition, was inevitable.
Modi, Obama must work out a new framework for geo-political burden-sharing between India, US
As other powers engage South Asian nations, Delhi must deal with a changing Subcontinent.
India’s president needs to convey to his hosts that there is decreasing tolerance for China’s NSG mischief.
Project illustrates India’s opportunity. Delay points to deep-rooted internal constraints
America’s leaders have drawn attention to a deep paradox of Japan’s nuclear story
Ujjain event suggests that the Modi government’s religious diplomacy is here to stay.
The subtle art of geoeconomics and the limitations of military force form the core of this analysis of America’s foreign policy
India must prepare for a potential discontinuity in America’s foreign relations.
Delhi must not let commonsense with Beijing turn into a policy of self-denial with Washington
Anyone familiar with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation knows its prosaic routine on J&K.
The UPA government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh struggled to overcome many of the traditional weaknesses of India’s China policy
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Delhi needs a policy framework and engagement with Washington to take advantage of a tech revolution critical for its own security
India needed to drop its posturing and step up political and security engagement. That’s what PM Modi is doing
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BG Verghese’s last book is a pragmatic reminder of the necessity of an India-Pakistan reconciliation.
A rising China and the anti-India resentments of Kathmandu’s hill elite, however, have the potential to neutralise, over the longer term, some of Delhi’s natural strategic advantages in Nepal.
The US president sees the world as a messy place not always amenable to the use of American force.
On the South China Sea, Delhi speaks less in public while Washington can’t stop talking.
US is changing, it can’t be taken for granted. Why India must prepare for a larger global role.
The euphoria, however, did not take long to fade as the complex regional dynamics provided a reality check to Modi’s diplomacy.
After a two-week journey from Yiwu, in Beijing’s industrial heartland in the eastern Zhejiang province, the 32-container train that arrived in Tehran on Monday is the first ever to traverse the fabled silk road between China and Iran.
India is not really bothered by eight F-16s but by the political consequences of US assistance to Pakistan
In 1962, betrayed by China, India reached out to America for help. A fascinating story of what might have been a vital strategic partnership
International fleet review was a reminder of India’s naval imperative and the need to acknowledge it.
India’s expanding stakes in the US demand a less instrumental, more strategic view of a changing American politics
France has emerged, steadily since the 1990s, as India’s most trusted international partner
Persisting with its traditional political timidity in the region will cost India dearly
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The idea of subcontinental unity has endured. Its definition continues to be problematic