C. Raja Mohan

C. Raja Mohan is Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, 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.

Articles By C. Raja Mohan

Raja Mandala: Time for Techplomacy

In the age of AI and social media, India needs digital ambassadors to engage with governments, tech companies.

Raja Mandala: The tech wars are here Meng Wanzhou arrest

With global pushback against Huawei, India needs to revisit old arguments against the company.

Raja Mandala: Rethinking the Gulf

New Delhi is paying too little attention to the growing weight of the region and the strategic possibilities that it opens up.

Diplomacy and faith

If Kartarpur corridor works out, PM Modi could extend the outreach to other areas.

Raja Mandala: Battle for islands

From the Maldives to Papua New Guinea, the rise of China has pushed the Indo-Pacific back to the centre of major power rivalries.

Coming full circle

Indian soldiers were crucial to two World Wars. A hundred years later, India, Europe need each other again

Raja Mandala: New ripples in Andaman Sea

Its strategic and economic importance has grown. New Delhi must not be slow in coping with this transformation.

Raja Mandala: Shifting sands in West Asia

With Iran sanctions, Donald Trump has embarked on a new course. Delhi needs to devote greater energies to the unfolding changes.

Raja Mandala: India, China and the INF Treaty

Proposed US withdrawal from the three-decade-old disarmament pact with Russia presents both a challenge and opportunity for India.

Raja Mandala: The great Sunni divide

Jamal Khashoggi’s murder bares the sharp differences between Saudi Arabia and Turkey. US has its work cut out in resolving the conflict.

A diplomatic blind spot

Delhi focuses narrowly on its own interests, tends to recoil from any political discussion of the existential challenges to the Arab Gulf.

Farewell to South Asia

As SAARC project loses all steam, Delhi needs to reimagine its economic and political geography

Raja Mandala: Recalling an older power play

For Arab states, US support is not enough security against Iran. That is why they are inviting France and Britain back into the Persian Gulf.

Raja Mandala: The Gulf in foreign policy

India is ignoring its interests by privileging Iran vis-a-vis the Arab world.

Raja Mandala: The world beyond Pakistan

At UN, India must look to engage with structural changes unfolding in the international system.

Raja Mandala: Two discourses on strategic autonomy

Fear of US ‘abandonment’ shapes the European debate. India, in contrast, is shedding its traditional approach, looking at gains from engaging with US.

Raja Mandala: Reconnecting with Europe

Modi government’s notable foreign policy achievement has been its outreach to the continent.

Where interests meet

Trump’s recalibration of US’s international relations and India’s ambition to play a larger global role fit together

Raja Mandala: Imran’s Pompeo test

Pakistan’s new PM has stumbled on foreign policy in a bid to play to the domestic gallery. His challenge will be showcased during US Secretary of State’s visit.

Raja Mandala: Privatising the Afghan war

US is debating use of private militias in Afghanistan. Can it prevail over Pakistani army’s hybrid war using the Taliban?

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