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.

Raja-Mandala: Faith and diplomacy
Tue, Sep 01, 2015

In being unafraid of bringing religion into foreign policy, Modi treads new ground in India. But there are dangers.

Not with you, nor without you
Tue, Aug 25, 2015

India and Pakistan can’t stay away from each other or with each other for too long

NSA-level talks: Why Delhi is playing hardball and what’s the risk
Sun, Aug 30, 2015

India-Pak relations and Kashmir enter uncharted waters.

Raja-Mandala: PM Modi’s Pakistan surprise
Thu, Aug 20, 2015

Some reports suggest that Delhi might have a ‘surprise’ in store for Pakistan at the NSA talks this weekend.

How India, UAE looked beyond Pak to forge a new partnership
Tue, Aug 18, 2015

The understanding arrived between Modi and the UAE leadership on the nature of the threat from terrorism, and the measures needed to counter it go much farther, and are far more explicit.

Raja-Mandala: Call of the Gulf
Tue, Aug 18, 2015

In the Gulf, Delhi’s focus remained riveted on coping with the challenges of growing energy dependence on the region and managing the export of its expatriate labour.

Modi in the Gulf
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Recent developments demand that New Delhi take a fresh strategic look at the region.

Raja-Mandala: After Mullah Omar
Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Even if Pakistan succeeds in getting the new Taliban leadership to the table, there will be enough Afghan elements to challenge the terms.

The Great Game Folio: China’s Taliban
Wed, Jul 29, 2015

At a time when America is in political retreat and the Western economic footprint is declining in Afghanistan, China has naturally loomed large in Kabul.

Chinese Takeaway: Abe’s Defence
Tue, Jul 21, 2015

Going against the grain of entrenched pacifism in Japan, Abe is making the case that Tokyo should respond to the rapidly unfolding geopolitical changes in the region.

10 yrs of Indo-US civil nuclear deal: Transformation of the bilateral relationship is the real big deal
Mon, Jul 20, 2015

In the decade since July 2005, India and the US haven’t done much nuclear business — but few could have predicted how far, and how fast, their broader engagement has moved since then

How the Iran nuke deal gives India room in the Greater Middle East
Wed, Jul 15, 2015

Lifting of sanctions will release Iranian oil, US-Iran cooperation will rejig old relationships in region

The Great Game Folio: Modi’s Pak Pivot
Tue, Jul 14, 2015

The SCO summit, welcoming India and Pakistan as full members, was indeed a good place to restart the dialogue.

Chinese takeaway: Modi’s Geopolitics
Tue, Jul 07, 2015

Delhi has had a great run so far, claiming strategic partnerships with all in the name of “multi-alignment”.

A passage to inner Asia
Mon, Jul 06, 2015

Modi’s visit marks a new start. But a long-term strategy is needed to overcome constraints on India’s role in the region

Modi at BRICS: India’s Rope Trick on Internet Governance
Sun, Jul 05, 2015

India’s support to an an open, plural and global internet at an international conference last month won much praise from the civil society groups at home and the United States government.

The Great Game Folio: Chinese Submarines
Tue, Jun 30, 2015

The Chinese navy first showed its flag in the Indian Ocean nearly three decades ago, when it began to make ship visits to Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Two-speed regionalism
Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Agreement between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal marks a new sub-regional framework.

Chinese Takeaway: Yoga Diplomacy
Tue, Jun 23, 2015

The impressive participation around the world on International Yoga Day is indeed a testimony to India’s immense reservoir of soft power.

The Great Game Folio: Iran Opportunity
Tue, Jun 16, 2015

As Tehran and Washington inch towards a nuclear deal, there will be much room for expansive engagement between India and Iran.

China-Myanmar Reset: Suu Kyi in Beijing
Sun, Jun 14, 2015

If China’s stakes in Myanmar are massive and enduring, Suu Kyi can’t ignore Myanmar’s deep historic ties with China and the logic of geography.

Chinese Takeaway: Bengal’s Bay
Tue, Jun 09, 2015

India’s inward economic orientation and preoccupation with the troubled land borders in the north and northwest resulted in Delhi neglecting its maritime frontiers.

South Asia’s Berlin walls
Fri, Jun 05, 2015

Detritus of 1947 is being cleared. In Dhaka, Modi must unveil forward-looking economic agenda for region.

The Great Game Folio: Manohar Parrikar and Ashton B. Carter
Tue, Jun 02, 2015

Both are under pressure to cope with the challenges of the current fluid power dynamic in Asia.

Chinese Takeaway: Parrikar Missing
Tue, May 26, 2015

The tone of disinterest in Asian defence diplomacy, set by A.K. Antony during the UPA years, appears to continue under the Narendra Modi government.

A new manual for diplomats
Thu, May 21, 2015

Narendra Modi’s greatest momentum has been in foreign policy. But the external opportunities he has successfully created for India could be undermined by potential domestic failures.

The Great Game Folio: Peripheral Diplomacy
Tue, May 19, 2015

Although geography limits New Delhi’s role in East Asia, Modi is betting India can win friends and partners through active engagement.

Modi in China: The Nuclear Dimension
Thu, May 14, 2015

India should judge the possibilities for civil nuclear cooperation with China on the basis of technical merit and economic costs.

OPINION | Chinese takeaway: PM Modi in Mongolia
Tue, May 12, 2015

Modi is trying to move the Sino-Indian relationship out of the stasis that it finds itself in.

Beyond the boundary
Mon, May 11, 2015

Modi is abandoning the old approach to China. But he needs to get the Delhi establishment to play ball.

Beyond the Boundary: Modi’s new agenda in Bangladesh
Fri, May 08, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit next month must focus on making the border regions a zone of peace, stability and economic cooperation.

The Great Game Folio: Mukherjee in Russia
Tue, May 05, 2015

President Pranab Mukherjee's decision to join WWII commemorative ceremonies in Russia important to India for manifold reasons.

Nepal Earthquake
Chinese takeaway: Nepal Challenge
Tue, Apr 28, 2015

If there was a moment to lend substance to the claim that the neighbourhood ranks first in India’s foreign policy, it is now and in Nepal.

More modestly, with Kabul
Mon, Apr 27, 2015

During Ashraf Ghani’s visit, Delhi must signal support informed by an appreciation of Afghanistan’s strategic dilemmas.

The great Game Folio: China in Bandung
Tue, Apr 21, 2015

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

Reimagining the triangle
Mon, Apr 20, 2015

Chinese president’s visit to Pakistan could be an opportunity to transform New Delhi’s relationship with Islamabad and Beijing.