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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: Maritime India versus Continental Delhi
Tue, Feb 09, 2016

International fleet review was a reminder of India’s naval imperative and the need to acknowledge it.

Raja-Mandala: Towards Trumpistan
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

India’s expanding stakes in the US demand a less instrumental, more strategic view of a changing American politics

Raja-Mandala: A most exceptional friendship
Tue, Jan 26, 2016

France has emerged, steadily since the 1990s, as India’s most trusted international partner

Raja-Mandala: Re-imagining the Middle East
Tue, Jan 19, 2016

Persisting with its traditional political timidity in the region will cost India dearly

Beyond ‘Akhand Bharat’: ‘Greater India’ and ‘Global South Asia’
Sun, Jan 17, 2016

Although India and its neighbours have increasingly reached out to their respective overseas communities, none of them have viewed the massive stock of South Asian diaspora as a composite entity with many shared interests.

Raja-Mandala: Silence is golden
Tue, Jan 12, 2016

Post-Pathankot, Washington must remember India-Pak ties improve when it refuses to intercede

Raja Mandala: Akhand Bharat and other stories
Tue, Jan 05, 2016

The idea of subcontinental unity has endured. Its definition continues to be problematic

Raja-Mandala: Modi’s Pakistan opportunity
Tue, Dec 29, 2015

He must ignore the scepticism in Delhi. There is support, across a large number of political constituencies, for his Pak policy

Modi-Sharif meeting in Lahore: Why surprise? To deny space to spoilers, ramp up level of talks
Sat, Dec 26, 2015

Despite the twists and turns since then, Modi and Sharif had kept up a conversation, in public and private, despite entrenched skepticism in both capitals.

Raja Mandala: Dargah diplomacy
Tue, Dec 22, 2015

Few thought PM Modi would put religion and culture into the diplomatic mix with Pakistan. He has sprung a surprise

Raja-Mandala: A new way to Act East
Tue, Dec 15, 2015

India’s unfolding partnership with Japan allows Delhi to respond more effectively to China’s One Belt, One Road initiative.

Asian G-2: Modi and Abe are drawn together
Fri, Dec 11, 2015

They are betting that Japan and India can influence Asia’s strategic future by reclaiming regional leadership.

Raja-Mandala: Delhi to Rawalpindi
Tue, Dec 08, 2015

Along with the Bangkok breakthrough, a line of communication has been established with Pakistan’s army chief

Raja-Mandala: Modi’s multilateral moment
Tue, Dec 01, 2015

Whatever the outcome in Paris, this round marks an important shift in India’s climate diplomacy

Raja-Mandala: Japan’s counter to China’s silk road
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

As countries ranging from Britain to Brunei and Tanzania to Tajikistan jumped on Xi’s Silk Road bandwagon, Japan, the other Asian giant and the world’s third-largest economy, watched warily.

With help from diplomacy
Sat, Nov 21, 2015

Modi can leverage foreign policy, in political and economic terms, to repair his domestic image

Modi, Cameron and India’s neighbours: Minimise differences, expand cooperation
Wed, Nov 18, 2015

One joint statement does not guarantee that Delhi and London will be best friends forever in the Subcontinent and the Indian Ocean. But it heralds the beginning of a new phase in the regional engagement between India and Britain.

Raja-Mandala: The final burial of non-alignment
Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Delhi’s new approach to defence diplomacy came out clearly in the comprehensive joint security agenda set by Modi and Cameron

Raja-Mandala: Bihar’s long shadow
Tue, Nov 10, 2015

The rout in Patna could generate complications for Modi’s conduct of international relations, at least in the near term.

Raja-Mandala: Why Delhi must not be at sea
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

As they look to diversify security partnerships, Manila and Hanoi would like to see India be more forthcoming with its hard power

Raja-Mandala: Between talk and action
Tue, Oct 27, 2015

The Africa summit provides the PM with an opportunity to think more boldly about India’s security engagement with the continent.

Raja-Mandala: Turning the debate to Delhi’s advantage
Tue, Oct 20, 2015

India needs to think with its head to exploit opportunities in the US-Pak nuclear negotiations.

PM Modi’s military diplomacy: Beyond non-alignment
Sat, Oct 17, 2015

For the foreseeable future, there is no prospect that India’s military ties with the U.S. and China will be similar let alone symmetric.

Raja-Mandala: Stumbling in the neighbourhood
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

Narendra Modi’s impressive outreach to the neighbours when he took charge of Indian diplomacy in May 2014 has seen some unfortunate stumbles — in the Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan.

What a US-Pakistan nuclear deal could mean for India
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

Although the deal has been termed a potential “diplomatic blockbuster”, its inherent contradictions may make it difficult to sell in both the US and Pakistan.

Raja-Mandala: What is the ‘Hindu-German conspiracy’?
Tue, Oct 06, 2015

Neither Prime Minister Narendra Modi nor Chancellor Angela Merkel may have heard of the “Hindu-German conspiracy”.

Raja-Mandala: Picking up the tab for peace
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

India does well to revise its approach to international peacekeeping

Third date with Barack
Mon, Sep 28, 2015

Modi and Obama need to lock-in recent gains, compel their bureaucracies to turn declarations into outcomes.

Raja-Mandala: Copying the Chinese code
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

US and China cooperate as well as compete in the cyber domain. India must take notes

A new multilateralism
Mon, Sep 21, 2015

Having recast key bilateral ties, Modi now has a chance to end Delhi’s defensiveness in approaching the world.

Raja-Mandala: A bridge to Sri Lanka
Tue, Sep 15, 2015

The causeway across the Palk Strait could become the most powerful symbol of South Asia’s new regionalism.

Raja-Mandala: India-Pak and the Parivar
Wed, Sep 09, 2015

RSS reminder on special relations with Pakistan should coax a coherent strategy from government.

WWII military parade: Ambitious China, divided Asia, uncertain India
Fri, Sep 04, 2015

In most societies, the past is never really past. It is continually put to political use by governments in pursuit of a current political objective. China is no exception.

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.