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.
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.
UAE has been punching above its weight in strategic matters. On defence cooperation with Abu Dhabi, Delhi has barely scratched the surface
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
VS Naipaul who passed away on Saturday (August 11) occupied a rather curious place. Never the one to mince words, Naipaul had often been scathing not only against his peers but also against the place he belonged to.