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

Under Modi, India has shed its traditional defensiveness towards the Middle East

The key to Modi’s success in the Muslim neighbourhood has been the decision to focus on India’s national self-interest rather than religion.

Manifestos of BJP, Congress indicate that when it comes to foreign policy, ambiguity is better than clarity

The problem is not the lack of big ideas within our political class. Few parties believe foreign policy is of any importance in winning elections.

Instead of only praising scientists, Opposition must debate policy challenges

Before India’s political scene got so intensely polarised, there was a time when the Opposition celebrated the government’s national security achievements. Offering formal praise for scientists becomes an excuse to duck some real questions.

India needs a measure of political consensus on regional policies

If the political classes choose to turn every problem in the neighbourhood into a domestic contestation, Delhi’s adversaries will continue to gain ground in India’s neighbourhood.

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.