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: Indian diplomacy, beyond the canon
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

New Delhi’s engagement with several nations signals a maturing of foreign policy in keeping with its changing interests in a multipolar world.

Raja Mandala: After Indo-Pacific, the Eurasian idea
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Delhi has ignored Central Europe and neglected the EU. It’s time to correct the imbalance.

The Art of Spar
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

Two books attempt to contextualise the 1962 war and the softer diplomatic bouts between India and China

Raja Mandala: Saudi Arabia and the ghosts of 1979
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Events that year had a deep impact on the Subcontinent. Delhi must cheer on Saudi crown prince’s effort to take on religious extremists.

Raja Mandala: New ripples in the oceans
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

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.

Raja Mandala: A rediscovery of non-alignment
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Delhi discards the ambiguities of the 1970s, appears ready to do business on the basis of enlightened self-interest.

Why Satya Nadella thinks it is time for a digital version of the Geneva Convention
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

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.

Xi, Trump, Asian disorder
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

China’s rise and domestic turbulence in America have created an opportunity for India in Asia

Raja Mandala: Commonwealth in the time of Brexit
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

Britain is showing renewed interest in the 52-nation forum. India could play a key role in its revival.

Raja Mandala: New equations in Indo-Pacific
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

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.

What the return of quadrilateral says about India and emerging Asian geopolitics
Mon, Oct 30, 2017

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 confluence of two seas
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

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.

Raja Mandala: The road to partnership
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

India-US ties have deepened but remain short of fulfilling their potential. Trump regime could contribute to India’s rise as a regional power.

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