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.
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
Fixing other people’s problems is never easy. But it is a burden of major powers, especially in their region
As India seeks to build on its natural advantages in Indian Ocean, it could look back to its own past for lessons on how to navigate the difficulties.
Discussions between PM Modi and ASEAN leaders must focus on expanding security cooperation with South East Asia.
Pragmatism, not political pieties from the right or left, should determine India’s engagements with Israel and the Middle East.
With Trump administration testing the limits of coercive diplomacy, he must choose between handing in terrorists or facing America’s wrath.
India, Russia must focus on realistic cooperation wherever possible, manage the inevitable differences
India must pay more attention to the ties that bind it to its neighbours.
If the past protests in Iran called for a reformation of the Islamic Republic established in 1979, some of the current slogans are calling for its overthrow. While few expect the protests to succeed, the legitimacy of the Islamic revolution is being challenged for the first time.
US National Security Strategy emphasises need to attract the brilliant and the bold. America will not close its borders to Indian talent, if Delhi aligns itself with Washington’s economic interests.
Delhi needs to build significant capabilities to counter cyber threats at home and abroad.
Both sides now acknowledge the problems of the relationship. Steps must be taken to address core issues, post Doklam.
New Delhi’s engagement with several nations signals a maturing of foreign policy in keeping with its changing interests in a multipolar world.
Delhi has ignored Central Europe and neglected the EU. It’s time to correct the imbalance.
Two books attempt to contextualise the 1962 war and the softer diplomatic bouts between India and China
Events that year had a deep impact on the Subcontinent. Delhi must cheer on Saudi crown prince’s effort to take on religious extremists.
Looking beyond the traditional areas of high-technology and defence cooperation, and the more recent focus on global mitigation of climate change, Delhi and Paris appear ready to lend a strong regional dimension to their strategic partnership.
Delhi discards the ambiguities of the 1970s, appears ready to do business on the basis of enlightened self-interest.
Microsoft is pushing for global cyber rules to protect individual Internet users and civilian infrastructure from cyber attacks by nation states during peacetime. But govts may not be willing to limit their strategic options.
China’s rise and domestic turbulence in America have created an opportunity for India in Asia
Britain is showing renewed interest in the 52-nation forum. India could play a key role in its revival.
Japan’s plans to draw in UK, France into its alliance with India, Australia and the US will reinforce New Delhi’s partnerships in Europe.
The concept of quadrilateral cooperation among India, Japan, Australia and US is inextricably linked to China’s emergence as a great power, whose unilateralism drives Asian nations to band together
The endeavour of India, Japan and US to connect the Pacific and Indian Oceans could be an alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative and enhance the bargaining power of small countries vis-a-vis Beijing.
India-US ties have deepened but remain short of fulfilling their potential. Trump regime could contribute to India’s rise as a regional power.
As the US recalibrates its ties with Pakistan and Afghanistan, India must find ways to intervene in the new strategic spaces.
In the reordering of ties between Washington and Rawalpindi, Delhi has an opportunity.
With President Kovind’s visit, Delhi seems ready, at last, to jockey for influence in the Horn of Africa.
Short of joining the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, New Delhi can do much in shoring up Kabul’s military capabilities
As old ideological divisions break down at the UN, Delhi must take the lead in promoting practical solutions to international challenges
Rise of China and uncertainty over America’s role in Asia has brought Japan and India closer. Modi and Abe can overcome the bureaucratic inertia that limits the relationship’s possibilities.
The strategic rewards in Afghanistan might be as large as the risks.
Perspectives on the evolution of India’s foreign policy and the challenges that lie ahead
The forum is less about ideological posturing, more about repositioning India in changing great power equations.
Jihad as foreign policy was indeed encouraged by the US in the 1980s and blessed by many leading Islamic countries, Western Europe and China as part of the global effort against the Soviet army’s occupation of Afghanistan.