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: 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
Tue, Sep 29, 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.

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.