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.
Delhi focuses narrowly on its own interests, tends to recoil from any political discussion of the existential challenges to the Arab Gulf.
As SAARC project loses all steam, Delhi needs to reimagine its economic and political geography
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.
India is ignoring its interests by privileging Iran vis-a-vis the Arab world.
At UN, India must look to engage with structural changes unfolding in the international system.
Fear of US ‘abandonment’ shapes the European debate. India, in contrast, is shedding its traditional approach, looking at gains from engaging with US.
Modi government’s notable foreign policy achievement has been its outreach to the continent.
Trump’s recalibration of US’s international relations and India’s ambition to play a larger global role fit together
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US is debating use of private militias in Afghanistan. Can it prevail over Pakistani army’s hybrid war using the Taliban?
Taliban’s offensive in this strategic city could make Washington and Rawalpindi rethink their Afghanistan plans.
Vajpayee’s foreign policy transcended Nehru’s legacy as well as BJP’s nativist burdens.
China is challenging the dominance of Australia and New Zealand in the region. India can increase its own impact by strategic collaborations.
Overland transit trade with India could be the gamechanger for new Pakistan’s economy. In unfreezing trade ties, Punjab holds the key.
Pakistan’s new PM might find himself valuable to Islamabad’s major interlocutors, especially the US, who are keen to reconcile with Taliban.
The election of Imran Khan makes little difference to India policy which is controlled by the army and the so-called state institutions.
Delhi cannot match the resources that Beijing has deployed in Africa. But it cannot ignore gap between promise and performance in its engagement.
US president’s criticism of the West signals breakdown of consensus on economic globalisation. Delhi must be flexible in dealing with this reality.
Delhi’s support for reconciliation between the two countries of the peninsula would be of great value to the visiting South Korean president.
Successful US-Russia summit at Helsinki could lead to dismantling of post World War II geopolitical order, open up possibilities for India.
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