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.

Raja Mandala: Falling behind on Digital Silk Road
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

India has the chance to foster connectivity and strategic cooperation across Asia. Here, too, China seems to be racing ahead.

Donald Trump meets Kim Jong-un: Together, preparing to disrupt the Asian order
Wed, Jun 13, 2018

Working together with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are getting ready to turn Asian geopolitics inside out.

Reading the Singapore Summit statement: Three principles and one political gesture
Tue, Jun 12, 2018

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.

Donald Trump-Kim Jong meet: Suspense in Singapore
Tue, Jun 12, 2018

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.

Raja Mandala: When guns fall silent
Tue, Jun 12, 2018

Ceasefires in Kashmir, Kabul may reinforce peace sentiment in the Subcontinent, open up space for politics and diplomacy.

From Indo-Pacific to Eurasia
Sat, Jun 09, 2018

India is one of the few powers straddling maritime and continental coalitions. Delhi needs to be nimble-footed.

Raja Mandala: Securing the littoral
Tue, Jun 05, 2018

At Shangri La dialogue, New Delhi showed that it is backing up its rhetoric on Indo-Pacific with concrete action.

Raja Mandala: Call from Southeast Asia
Tue, May 29, 2018

PM Modi needs to assure the ASEAN that his participation in the Shangri La dialogue is a harbinger of greater engagement with the region.

No longer sea-blind
Mon, May 28, 2018

As they respond to a long-ignored maritime imperative, Delhi and Jakarta find an anchor for re-engagement.

Raja Mandala: India’s diplomacy, Trump effect
Tue, May 22, 2018

Sino-US tensions, cooling between Washington and Moscow, demand a new outlook from New Delhi.

Raja Mandala: America’s new powerplay in Tehran
Tue, May 15, 2018

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

New Indo-Pacific axis
Tue, May 08, 2018

India-France-Australia are well placed to share data to form a common operating picture of the Indian Ocean.

How Donald Trump cast his shadow on the Modi-Xi meet in Wuhan
Tue, May 01, 2018

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.

Raja Mandala: Lessons from Korea
Tue, May 01, 2018

India, Pakistan could take a cue from peace talks in the Peninsula.

India and China: Over to the leaders
Tue, Apr 24, 2018

The informal summit between PM Modi and President Xi gives them an opportunity to reflect on bilateral ties and set practical goals.

India’s Commonwealth
Wed, Apr 18, 2018

Debate on the forum can’t be about its past. It must be about its value for India’s international relations.

Raja Mandala: Nordic cool
Tue, Apr 17, 2018

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.

Raja Mandala: India’s China reset and BRI
Tue, Apr 10, 2018

Both Delhi and Beijing have incentives to reduce their differences.

Mutual respect is the key
Sat, Apr 07, 2018

Instead of demanding an ‘India First’ approach, Delhi must affirm support for ‘Nepal First’ policy

Raja Mandala: Kim goes to China
Tue, Apr 03, 2018

North Korean leader’s Beijing visit, diplomatic detente with Washington can be seen as a part of the quest for strategic autonomy.