Friday, Mar 06, 2015

C. Raja Mohan

C. Raja Mohan is consulting editor on foreign affairs for The Indian Express and a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Before his association with The Indian Express began in 2004, Raja Mohan worked for The Hindu as its Washington correspondent and Strategic Affairs Editor. 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.

Nawaz Sharif in Saudi Arabia: Pakistan’s Leverage in the Gulf
Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Sharif owes big to Saudi Arabia, which sheltered him at the darkest moment of his political career.

The great Game Folio: Kashmir gambit
Wed, Mar 04, 2015

All of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s predecessors, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Manmohan Singh, have had to deal with this external dimension to Kashmir.

Opinion: Northwest turbulence
Tue, Mar 03, 2015

A new regional dynamic is shaping India’s relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan. Delhi needs a new strategy for this critical sub-region.

Chinese Takeaway: Railway Lessons
Wed, Feb 25, 2015

By the turn of the 20th century, the subcontinent had nearly 15,000 km of railway track, in comparison to just 600 km in China.

The great Game Folio: Defence Diplomacy
Sat, Feb 21, 2015

Addressing the gathering, Xi underlined the importance of military diplomacy in achieving Beijing’s larger national goals.

Afghan Arena: Exit America, Enter China
Wed, Feb 18, 2015

The first round of the forum saw China announce some major commitments to promote regional cooperation.

Modi’s cricket diplomacy: Renewing political contact with Pakistan
Fri, Feb 13, 2015

Foreign secretary S. Jaishankar should explore a new framework of engagement with Pakistan.

The Second World War: Time to Mark India’s Contributions
Fri, Feb 06, 2015

Indian national movement was deeply divided on how to deal with the World War-II and the rapidly shifting alliances among the great powers.

Chinesetakeaway: Sushma in Beijing
Wed, Feb 04, 2015

Swaraj signalled India’s determination to intensify the engagement with China on a pragmatic basis.

The great Game Folio: Modi’s China Problem
Fri, Jan 30, 2015

Delhi must recognise that its relations with both America and China have potential and must be developed with greater purpose and vigour.

The art of the deal
Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Modi has signalled a transformation of India’s diplomatic culture.

Day 3: India, US ready to talk to — not at — each other
Wed, Jan 28, 2015

Obama cautioned his hosts against the emerging threats to its cultural and religious pluralism.

What day Two means: They link power, politics and business
Tue, Jan 27, 2015

India and America now find their shared political values more in tune with their strategic interests.

From reluctant UPA to confident NDA
Mon, Jan 26, 2015

The PM’s moves today included a decisive resolution of some of the outstanding issues.

Modi discarding political skepticism about America is about to pay off
Sun, Jan 25, 2015

As he articulates India’s strategic ambitions, Modi would like Obama to endorse them explicitly.

Plumbing over poetry
Fri, Jan 23, 2015

India, US have the grand design. Modi, Obama must focus on implementation.

The Great Game Folio: Obama and Pakistan
Wed, Jan 21, 2015

As Obama ends America’s long occupation of Afghanistan, there are questions about the future of the US-Pak relationship.

Chinese Takeaway: Regime Change
Fri, Jan 16, 2015

The exit of Rajapaksa is a diplomatic problem in the near term for Beijing.

Colombo powershift is Delhi opportunity
Sat, Jan 10, 2015

Rajapaksa’s active support to the Chinese proposal on the Maritime Silk Road has magnified New Delhi’s concerns about Colombo’s embrace of Beijing.

Global nation
Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Modi readies a new pact between India and its diaspora

The Great Game Folio: Saudi succession
Wed, Jan 07, 2015

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has been described by many as the “custodian of the world’s oil prices.”

Chinese Takeaway: Beijing’s South Asia
Sat, Jan 03, 2015

The problem of closing the military gap with China is not a hard one to think through.

An unclaimed legacy
Tue, Dec 30, 2014

Can Modi, like Vajpayee, insulate foreign policy from hawks and conservatives?

The great Game Folio: Ocean Diplomacy
Wed, Dec 24, 2014

Multilateral diplomacy is an important but minor part of a new Indian Ocean strategy that New Delhi needs to develop.

Held back by Hindutva
Tue, Dec 23, 2014

Resurgent anti-modernism could derail development and India’s global ambitions.

Chinese takeaway: Beijing’s Afghan Role
Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Post-Partition geography has made Pakistan the most important regional actor in Afghanistan.

Modi’s Diplomacy: Yoga, Democracy and India’s Soft Power
Mon, Dec 15, 2014

Modi govt should also distance itself from the efforts of Hindu groups at home and abroad that want to take back yoga.

Afghanistan: The great Game Folio
Fri, Dec 12, 2014

A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood.

India, Russia, here and now
Wed, Dec 10, 2014

Modi and Putin must acknowledge the changed dynamic around them

Chinese Takeaway: Modi’s Buddhism
Wed, Dec 03, 2014

The PM’s overt expression of his Hindu religiosity has been controversial, but not surprising.

Dhaka Boundary Settlement: Narendra Modi bites the Bullet
Mon, Dec 01, 2014

Constructing a border of cooperation should liberate India from one of major geopolitical constraints imposed on it by the Partition of Bengal.

States and the Saarc
Sat, Nov 29, 2014

Modi must ensure India does not lose the opportunity to advance regionalism in the eastern subcontinent, and between it and East Asia

The Great Game Folio: Modi’s regionalism
Wed, Dec 03, 2014

A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood

Modi in Nepal: Religion and Diplomacy
Mon, Nov 24, 2014

Narendra Modi, however, is absolutely right in recognizing that cultural and spiritual bonds between India and Nepal provide a strong foundation.

Why PM Narendra Modi’s invite to Obama marks a watershed in India-US ties
Sun, Nov 23, 2014

Modi’s decision to invite Obama, and the American president’s acceptance reveal the mutual understanding between two leaders.

Not so easy to Act East
Sat, Nov 22, 2014

Delhi’s default impulses remain insular. Fighting this will be Modi’s challenge