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.
Sino-US tensions, cooling between Washington and Moscow, demand a new outlook from New Delhi.
Donald Trump seems to be working towards engineering a regime change in Iran, but there is no plan for a military intervention in the country
India-France-Australia are well placed to share data to form a common operating picture of the Indian Ocean.
At Wuhan, China’s talk on collaborating with India on saving globalisation, defending the WTO, promoting a multipolar world, and emphasising ‘strategic autonomy’ was very much part of China’s international mobilisation against Trump.
India, Pakistan could take a cue from peace talks in the Peninsula.
The informal summit between PM Modi and President Xi gives them an opportunity to reflect on bilateral ties and set practical goals.
Debate on the forum can’t be about its past. It must be about its value for India’s international relations.
PM Modi’s meeting with the region’s leaders could end India’s neglect of a part of the world that has punched above its weight in diplomacy.
Both Delhi and Beijing have incentives to reduce their differences.
Instead of demanding an ‘India First’ approach, Delhi must affirm support for ‘Nepal First’ policy
North Korean leader’s Beijing visit, diplomatic detente with Washington can be seen as a part of the quest for strategic autonomy.
Congress party’s qualified endorsement of PM Modi’s idea of India as a leading power augurs well for a sensible debate on diplomacy.
India is not alone in confronting the problems with Chinese power. But Delhi’s task is a lot more complicated.
Rapprochement between Washington and Pyongyang could denuclearise the Korean peninsula, rearrange security in East Asia.
Alliance with Paris promises stability in Eurasia and Indo-Pacific as Delhi recalibrates ties with Moscow.
Afghan president’s search for reconciliable elements within the Taliban could intensify divisions in the country’s ruling coalition.
India has the resources and agency to alter strategic equations in the region. Delhi must play its cards wisely.
His indulgence towards Sikh separatists threatens the bilateral relationship with India.
Awareness of Iran’s domestic politics, its involvement in multiple conflicts of the Middle East, must inform Delhi’s engagement
Delhi must come to terms with a changing Middle East and the opportunities it presents