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Friday, December 03, 2021

C. Raja Mohan

C. Raja Mohan is Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, and contributing editor on foreign affairs for 'The Indian Express'.

China has shown how not to conduct business with other states
Wed, Dec 01, 2021

🔴 C Raja Mohan writes: Beijing’s aggressive regional policies are driving many countries that were hopeful of deeper ties with China towards the US.

Why China is acquiring foreign military bases
Wed, Nov 24, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: It is trying to assert its primacy in Asia and the Indo-Pacific region while pushing out the US and India.

What the rise of pan-Turkism means for India
Wed, Nov 17, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: Turkey's influence in Eurasian region is expanding. Delhi's current political divergence with Ankara only reinforces the case for a sustained dialogue between the two governments and the strategic communities.

India needs a new, integrated approach to Eurasia
Wed, Nov 10, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: The time has come for it to begin a strategic conversation with Europe on Eurasian security. This will be a natural complement to the fledgeling engagement between India and Europe on the Indo-Pacific.

Nirupama Rao’s latest book, The Fractured Himalaya, is a lucid account of Sino-Indian relations
Sun, Nov 07, 2021

Nirupama Rao’s latest book, The Fractured Himalaya, is a lucid account of Sino-Indian relations

Pakistan’s meek surrender to Tehreek-e-Labbaik was inevitable
Wed, Nov 03, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: It long deployed religious extremism as a policy tool. But giving too much space to religious and other extra-constitutional forces only weakens the state

India must pay greater attention to its most difficult neighbour
Wed, Oct 27, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: For Delhi, the current crisis in Pakistan is not a moment for schadenfreude. It should be an occasion to reflect on the long-term regional consequences

India and the new ‘Quad’ in West Asia
Wed, Oct 20, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: The first meeting between foreign ministers of India, Israel, UAE and US suggests that Delhi is now ready to move from bilateral relations conducted in separate silos towards an integrated regional policy

How Delhi came to see Europe as a valuable strategic partner
Wed, Oct 13, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: With its economic weight, technological strength and normative power, the EU promises to enhance India’s quest for a multipolar world, rebalanced Indo-Pacific.

India and the geopolitics of the moon
Wed, Oct 06, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: Delhi should take a hard look at the emerging challenges to the current space order and its interests on the moon, and develop strategies to pursue them through a national lunar mission.

The growing strategic importance of outer space
Wed, Sep 29, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: With China’s emergence as a major space power, there is a new urgency for democratic powers to come together to secure their national interests as well as promote sustainable order in the skies above.

With AUKUS dividing the Western bloc, is there a role for India?
Wed, Sep 22, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: India’s interests lie in deeper strategic cooperation with France and Europe as well as the Quad and the Anglosphere.

An Expert Explains: Why the defence deal among US, Australia and UK has irked France
Tue, Sep 21, 2021

A defence deal among Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom that seeks to check China in the Pacific has enraged France, which has lost a lucrative submarine contract with Australia. Why are democratic allies with the same overall objectives undercutting each other?

Can the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation be the regional body that stabilises Afghanistan?
Wed, Sep 15, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: Don’t hold your breath. For all the political hype, SCO has failed to deepen regional cooperation in Central Asia.

Two decades after 9/11, the nation state remains robust
Mon, Sep 13, 2021

C. Raja Mohan writes: All nations, including liberal democracies, have curtailed individual liberty by offering greater security against terrorism.

Is Pakistan the victor in Afghanistan, or a part of its spoils?
Wed, Sep 08, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: The strategy of using violent religious extremism to control Afghanistan over the last five decades has also deeply affected Pakistan's polity, which is now under the shadow of the Taliban's pre-modern ideology.

Is Taliban really open to commercial and political engagement with India?
Tue, Aug 31, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: While India can hope for the best, it would also be good to find out if the new leadership in Kabul means what it says and whether it will be able to withstand Pakistan’s pressure.

It is Pakistan’s moment of triumph in Afghanistan, but India must bet on patience
Wed, Aug 25, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: Strategic patience coupled with political empathy for Afghan people, and an active engagement will continue to keep Delhi relevant in Kabul's internal and external evolution.

Taliban has taken Kabul. Delhi must watch, not pronounce doom
Wed, Aug 18, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: For a patient, open-minded and active India, there will be no dearth of balancing opportunities in Afghanistan.

The importance of the Gulf in shaping the geopolitics of Afghanistan
Tue, Aug 10, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: A decade later, it is quite clear, Qatar’s “peace project” in Afghanistan was about legitimising the Taliban at expense of the current political order in Afghanistan.

Making a case for Indo-Abrahamic accord
Tue, Aug 03, 2021

C. Raja Mohan writes: Turkish president Erdogan’s overweening ambitions, alienation of Israel and moderate Arabs, growing conflict with Greece and alignment with Pakistan presents India with opportunity to widen outreach to west of the Subcontinent.

Can Indo-US partnership go from being a perennial curiosity to a quotidian affair?
Tue, Jul 27, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: Delhi and Washington have an expansive new agenda for discussion which includes not only democracy and human rights, but also Afghanistan, the Indo-Pacific region, reform of global economic institutions, climate change and vaccine diplomacy

Demands on Beijing to help stabilise Afghanistan are growing. Will they work?
Tue, Jul 20, 2021

Neither the prospect of mining Afghanistan’s natural resources nor the vanity of being the newest superpower will compel China to rush into the Afghan vacuum.

Regional powers and the Afghanistan question
Wed, Jul 14, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: The quiet satisfaction in Moscow, Beijing, Tehran and Rawalpindi is tinged by worries about the longer-term implications of Washington's retreat from Afganistan. If India is patient, opportunities could open up.

What India must keep in mind when it comes to Turkey
Tue, Jul 06, 2021

C Raja Mohan writes: With Ankara set to play a major role in Afghanistan, Delhi needs to vigorously challenge Turkey’s positions where it must, and, at the same time, prepare for a more intensive bilateral engagement.