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Tuesday, March 09, 2021

C. Raja Mohan

C. Raja Mohan is Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, and contributing editor on foreign affairs for 'The Indian Express'.

Explained: Joe Biden rolls Kabul dice, what it means in New Delhi
Tue, Mar 09, 2021

Given India’s growing stakes in Afghanistan, New Delhi will take a strong interest in the ambitious new US framework and the multiple challenges that are likely to come up in its implementation.

Why does the deepening Indo-US friendship puzzle so many?
Tue, Mar 09, 2021

Not only has the foreign policy elite been unduly suspicious of the US, it has also misjudged India’s agency in shaping the relationship.

Delhi has nothing to lose by exploring the seriousness of the Pak army chief
Tue, Mar 02, 2021

We certainly don’t know if the General is being tactical or strategic. Delhi will find that out only by negotiating seriously with the Pakistan army. Yet another failure with Rawalpindi will not surprise Delhi.

Taiwan is once again becoming the lightning rod in US-China tensions
Tue, Feb 23, 2021

As Taiwan becomes the world’s most dangerous flashpoint, the geopolitical consequences for Asia are real.

Democracies must modernise their laws to protect freedoms in the era of technological transformation
Tue, Feb 16, 2021

As governments push back against big tech, a new challenge presents itself — reining in the growing power of the state in the digital age.

Govt’s ability to overcome international criticism depends on rebuilding national consensus on key policies, healing social rifts
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

India’s real challenge is the deepening domestic political divide. The inevitable extension of this divide to the diaspora has created more favourable conditions for foreign meddling.

WEF’s initiative for ‘The Great Reset’ has set off conspiracy theories on the right and dismissal from the left
Mon, Jan 25, 2021

World Economic Forum will meet at a time when global economy is in crisis. Delhi should contribute to the framing of new rules to govern international institutions.

Biden moment offers Delhi an opportunity to elevate defence cooperation to a higher level
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Biden team takes charge with the recognition that America's globalist ambitions have lost much domestic political support. For Delhi, this is an opportnity to deepen ties

Delhi must manage dynamic interaction between domestic policies of India and its neighbours
Tue, Jan 12, 2021

The bitter legacies of Partition leave the domestic political dynamics of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan tied together and complicate their interaction as separate sovereign entities.

Delhi must integrate its UNSC engagement with broader national goals while adapting to changed realities
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

Delhi’s attitudes have also shifted from the reactive to the proactive. That, in turn, should make India’s new stint at the UNSC more purposeful and pragmatic.

Idea of English-speaking nations cooperating with each other offers possibilities that India can take advantage of
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

In Delhi, the Anglosphere is quickly dismissed as a colonial construct. Those who let India’s colonial past overwhelm its current strategic judgements, however, do great injustice to Delhi’s gains in the international system, in absolute terms as well as relative to Britain.

Delhi now sees European powers as natural partners in constructing a durable balance of power in Indo-Pacific
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

A strong coalition of Asian and European middle powers must now be an indispensable element of the geopolitics of the East. Such a coalition can’t be built overnight. But Delhi could push for a solid start in 2021.

Delhi must actively participate in new technology coalitions to secure its geopolitical interests
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

Delhi needs to appreciate the value of issue-based coalitions in producing more productive outcomes in the technological arena. Such coalitions will complement India’s traditional focus on multilateralism.

Delhi’s real test on climate change is on building political consensus to adapt to changed reality
Tue, Dec 08, 2020

Despite contrasting approaches, China and US share goals on environment. In underlining climate change as an important area of engagement with Biden, Delhi has signalled its readiness to deal with a new phase in the global politics of environment.

India, Pakistan and Bangladesh must deal with changed geopolitical realities in West Asia
Tue, Dec 01, 2020

For now, the question is whether the South Asian states can manage the fallout from the geopolitical churn in the Middle East and seize the new opportunities that are presenting themselves.

India must seize the new strategic possibilities with the Gulf
Tue, Nov 24, 2020

The Indian establishment must discard outdated perceptions and seize the new strategic possibilities in the region.

Fresh military crisis in Kashmir can help Pakistan test Biden’s South Asia policies
Tue, Nov 17, 2020

It is unlikely that US President-elect will have bandwidth to weigh in on Kashmir. But Islamabad isn’t giving up.

A narrow focus on bilateral ties produces a shallow Indian debate on America
Tue, Nov 10, 2020

What stands out from our debates on Biden policies is India’s regrettable under-investment in the study of US society, its political economy and international relations.

Consolidation of the Quad reflects Delhi’s political will to break free from old shibboleths
Tue, Nov 03, 2020

Bipartisan agreement in US for overhaul of global order could see creation of a new league of democracies, with consequences for India’s economic prosperity and technological future.

Incentives to advance India-US partnership are stronger than ever before
Tue, Oct 27, 2020

The 2+2 dialogue comes in the backdrop of a structural shift in great power politics and turbulence in the global economic order.

Bangladesh’s rise is an opportunity for India, but is overshadowed by negative domestic politics
Tue, Oct 20, 2020

In using Dhaka’s impressive economic performance to attack Delhi’s, India is missing the bigger story about the strategic consequences of Bangladesh’s economic rise.

Engaging Quad partners on reforming China-centred economic globalisation is a rare opportunity for India
Tue, Oct 13, 2020

India’s current focus is on drawing foreign investment into domestic manufacturing; but Delhi has been unable to clinch bilateral trade deals or articulate the case for rejigging the global economic order.

Confusion reigns on what the Quad is and its future in India’s international relations
Tue, Oct 06, 2020

Obsession with non-alignment diverts Delhi's policy attention away from the urgent task of rapidly expanding India's national capabilities in partnership with like-minded partners.

There is no happy end-state in India’s relations with its neighbours
Tue, Sep 29, 2020

The anxiety that India is losing clout in the Subcontinent is not new. India’s relations with its neighbours will always be about carefully managing the inevitable difficulties that arise

Current political fragmentation is an opportunity to restructure India’s traditional approach to the UN
Tue, Sep 22, 2020

In writing the new rules and reshaping the global order, India needs to strengthen its recent turn to a more dynamic coalition building.