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.
Delhi must not let commonsense with Beijing turn into a policy of self-denial with Washington
Anyone familiar with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation knows its prosaic routine on J&K.
The UPA government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh struggled to overcome many of the traditional weaknesses of India’s China policy
The LSA would help Indian armed forces, especially its navy, to operate far from subcontinental shores at a moment when New Delhi has to secure its widely dispersed interests in the Indian Ocean and beyond.
Delhi needs a policy framework and engagement with Washington to take advantage of a tech revolution critical for its own security
India needed to drop its posturing and step up political and security engagement. That’s what PM Modi is doing
It’s natural for India and Pakistan to spy on each other. But it’s time they instituted spy swaps to bring them home when they get caught.
BG Verghese’s last book is a pragmatic reminder of the necessity of an India-Pakistan reconciliation.
A rising China and the anti-India resentments of Kathmandu’s hill elite, however, have the potential to neutralise, over the longer term, some of Delhi’s natural strategic advantages in Nepal.
The US president sees the world as a messy place not always amenable to the use of American force.
On the South China Sea, Delhi speaks less in public while Washington can’t stop talking.
US is changing, it can’t be taken for granted. Why India must prepare for a larger global role.
The euphoria, however, did not take long to fade as the complex regional dynamics provided a reality check to Modi’s diplomacy.
After a two-week journey from Yiwu, in Beijing’s industrial heartland in the eastern Zhejiang province, the 32-container train that arrived in Tehran on Monday is the first ever to traverse the fabled silk road between China and Iran.
India is not really bothered by eight F-16s but by the political consequences of US assistance to Pakistan
In 1962, betrayed by China, India reached out to America for help. A fascinating story of what might have been a vital strategic partnership
International fleet review was a reminder of India’s naval imperative and the need to acknowledge it.
India’s expanding stakes in the US demand a less instrumental, more strategic view of a changing American politics
France has emerged, steadily since the 1990s, as India’s most trusted international partner
Persisting with its traditional political timidity in the region will cost India dearly
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.
Post-Pathankot, Washington must remember India-Pak ties improve when it refuses to intercede
The idea of subcontinental unity has endured. Its definition continues to be problematic
He must ignore the scepticism in Delhi. There is support, across a large number of political constituencies, for his Pak policy
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.
Few thought PM Modi would put religion and culture into the diplomatic mix with Pakistan. He has sprung a surprise
India’s unfolding partnership with Japan allows Delhi to respond more effectively to China’s One Belt, One Road initiative.
They are betting that Japan and India can influence Asia’s strategic future by reclaiming regional leadership.
Along with the Bangkok breakthrough, a line of communication has been established with Pakistan’s army chief
Whatever the outcome in Paris, this round marks an important shift in India’s climate diplomacy
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.
Modi can leverage foreign policy, in political and economic terms, to repair his domestic image
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.
Delhi’s new approach to defence diplomacy came out clearly in the comprehensive joint security agenda set by Modi and Cameron
The rout in Patna could generate complications for Modi’s conduct of international relations, at least in the near term.
As they look to diversify security partnerships, Manila and Hanoi would like to see India be more forthcoming with its hard power