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: 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

Raja Mandala: Getting down to work with Trump
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Like Russia and China, India should resist the temptation of ideological correctness and be realistic in engaging the American president.

Raja Mandala: Battling de-globalisation
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

India needs deeper engagement between politics, business, science to manage disruptions of new technologies, Trump presidency.

Delhi, Tokyo, Canberra
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

They could build the first of multiple middle power coalitions for regional resilience in Trump’s world.

Raja Mandala: It’s not just about H-1B
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

Delhi must leverage its manpower advantage and the size of its market even as it limits the Trump administration’s immediate disruption.

AI rules: From three to twenty three
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

As computing power grows rapidly and begins to envelop many aspects of our life, there has been a growing concern that Asimov Rules, sensible as they are, may not be adequate for the 21st century.

Reclaiming the Gulf
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

The region is eager to see India return to its traditional role as a major economic and security partner

Way forward as Trump turns America inward
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

India must prepare for his buy-American-hire-American protectionism

The Trump discontinuity
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

To deal with an unpredictable US, India will need to be more skilful, less a prisoner of the past

Raja-Mandala: Emperor Xi in Davos
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Despite a leadership vacuum in the post-Trump world, Beijing’s current unilateralism is likely to limit China’s global possibilities.

Moscow and New DC
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Trump’s USA may cooperate with Russia like never before, significantly altering global power equations.

Raja Mandala: The myth of a political bond
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

India should reconsider its stated position of shared global interests with China in view of Beijing’s repeated rebuffs in international fora

Narendra Modi and the Diaspora: From the Indian to South Asian
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

Modi has bet that Indian diaspora can enhance its contribution to India's economic development, act a bridge to the nations that host them, and help promote India's broader international goals.