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.
Delhi’s Look East policy has to contend with Beijing, seen to be a more reliable partner for Nepal and Myanmar in development projects.
Balochistan and Kashmir have become key strategic points in Sino-Pak ties, upsetting India’s traditional engagement with the two countries.
PM raises stakes with Pak. But Srinagar, not Balochistan, must be at heart of Kashmir strategy.
India might think of itself as equal to China, but the realists point to the power shift that has begun to express itself in Beijing’s ties with Delhi.
India should be patient with Pakistan, engage with other South Asian countries and not give up on the regional forum.
Donald Trump has sent shock waves around the world by distancing himself from most of the things that the Republican Party has stood for in recent years.
As Trump’s support cuts across traditional lines, Hillary Clinton has a tough task
Whatever the reasons, there is no disregarding the extraordinary rise of Trump in American politics over the past few months
China’s rejection of international arbitration raises questions. Delhi’s reaction must focus on need to de-escalate conflict in South China Sea.
Delhi needs a more agile — and more open — policy to engage with Beijing
The Narendra Modi government is not easily rattled by disapproving noises.
Should leverage goodwill with Brexiteers, move on a quick FTA, explore possibilities in C’wealth.
India’s high-wire NSG diplomacy reveals a new level of self-assurance that can explore the room for accommodation in all directions.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi consolidates the strategic partnership with the United States, critics and doubters have questions about the cost of becoming real friends with America
PM Modi’s US visit has highlighted a new sense of purpose between New Delhi and Washington.
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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
The LSA would help Indian armed forces, especially its navy, to operate far from subcontinental shores at a moment when New Delhi has to secure its widely dispersed interests in the Indian Ocean and beyond.
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
It’s natural for India and Pakistan to spy on each other. But it’s time they instituted spy swaps to bring them home when they get caught.
BG Verghese’s last book is a pragmatic reminder of the necessity of an India-Pakistan reconciliation.
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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.