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.
India has the chance to foster connectivity and strategic cooperation across Asia. Here, too, China seems to be racing ahead.
Working together with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are getting ready to turn Asian geopolitics inside out.
In the course of one morning in Singapore, US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have begun to loosen a deeply entrenched and hostile relationship.
Given the history and personalities involved, it is difficult to be overly hopeful about Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un today. But a breakthrough could change the geopolitics of the Korean Peninsula.
Ceasefires in Kashmir, Kabul may reinforce peace sentiment in the Subcontinent, open up space for politics and diplomacy.
India is one of the few powers straddling maritime and continental coalitions. Delhi needs to be nimble-footed.
At Shangri La dialogue, New Delhi showed that it is backing up its rhetoric on Indo-Pacific with concrete action.
PM Modi needs to assure the ASEAN that his participation in the Shangri La dialogue is a harbinger of greater engagement with the region.
As they respond to a long-ignored maritime imperative, Delhi and Jakarta find an anchor for re-engagement.
Sino-US tensions, cooling between Washington and Moscow, demand a new outlook from New Delhi.
Donald Trump seems to be working towards engineering a regime change in Iran, but there is no plan for a military intervention in the country
India-France-Australia are well placed to share data to form a common operating picture of the Indian Ocean.
At Wuhan, China’s talk on collaborating with India on saving globalisation, defending the WTO, promoting a multipolar world, and emphasising ‘strategic autonomy’ was very much part of China’s international mobilisation against Trump.
India, Pakistan could take a cue from peace talks in the Peninsula.
The informal summit between PM Modi and President Xi gives them an opportunity to reflect on bilateral ties and set practical goals.
Debate on the forum can’t be about its past. It must be about its value for India’s international relations.
PM Modi’s meeting with the region’s leaders could end India’s neglect of a part of the world that has punched above its weight in diplomacy.
Both Delhi and Beijing have incentives to reduce their differences.
Instead of demanding an ‘India First’ approach, Delhi must affirm support for ‘Nepal First’ policy
North Korean leader’s Beijing visit, diplomatic detente with Washington can be seen as a part of the quest for strategic autonomy.
Writer-scholar Rana Safvi says it is imperative for Delhi to hold on to its cosmopolitan culture. Her latest book "The Forgotten Cities of Delhi" emerges at a time when there is a brazen attempt to re-write Indian history with demonisation of the Mughals.