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

Political parties should pay attention to cyber security of their campaigns

The unprecedented speed of online communication, the relative ease of spreading misinformation and the growing sophistication of fake news has helped constitute a new global cyber landscape that few could have imagined a decade ago.

Will foreign policy, national security issues play a decisive role in 2019 general elections?

The election is a good opportunity for the BJP and Congress to debate the changing international situation, India’s response.

Raja Mandala: The Gulf as a channel of peace

As West Asia develops strong economic bonds with India, it could become Delhi’s ally in nudging Islamabad towards political moderation

Explained: How Balakot changed the familiar script of India-Pakistan military crises

In every military crisis from 1987 onwards, India trod with caution while Pakistan seemed to revel in the opposite. India’s newest response signals it is prepared to counter the myth of Pak’s ‘nuclear impunity’

OIC invitation to India is an opportunity to expand relationships in Muslim world

Swaraj’s participation in the Abu Dhabi ministerial must be viewed as a diplomatic opening for a sustained and long-term political engagement of the Islamic world as a collective.

Raja Mandala: Hope in Hanoi

This week’s US-North Korea summit could be about Trump, Kim and Moon imagining a political rearrangement of the Korean Peninsula.

Raja Mandala: Nationalism comes to Saudi Arabia

Prince Salman’s downplaying of pan-Islamism offers New Delhi an opportunity to forge a strategic partnership with Riyadh.

India’s solidarity with Prince Salman’s reform agenda back home is important

Prince Salman has often proclaimed his commitment to reverse the hugely negative consequences of 1979. Delhi has every reason to strongly support Prince Salman. After all, India continues to suffer these consequences.

Raja Mandala: A dialogue, an opportunity

US commerce secretary’s visit could be an occasion for Delhi and Washington to heed the lessons of the past, ease trade tensions .

Raja Mandala: Secularism comes to Arabia?

Pope Francis’s visit to UAE, the first by a pontiff to the region, could signal the beginning of separation of religion and state in the Middle East.

An Afghan trifecta

For now, Pakistan’s support is the source of optimism about US engagement with the Taliban

Raja Mandala: Capital and digitalpolitik

As Delhi copes with the digital age, it will have to navigate between state and citizen, capital and consumer, public good and private gain.

Raja Mandala: Alliances and strategic autonomy

Indian foreign policy debate would be less metaphysical and more pragmatic if it stops obsessing about ‘non-alignment’

The Trump retrenchment: Invitation for India to adopt a vigorous strategy in Afghanistan

India must take on larger responsibilities for regional security. There is no reason why India would want to turn down this invitation

Raja Mandala: The centre moves east

Rise of Bangladesh augurs well for the future of the eastern Subcontinent.

Raja Mandala: Integrating the island

PM’s visit to the Andamans should be an occasion for India to realise the geopolitical significance of the islands, given China’s presence in Indian Ocean.

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.