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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'.

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.

India’s framework of non-involvement is unlikely to survive wave of change in Afghanistan and Arabia
Tue, Sep 15, 2020

As the old order begins to crumble in the greater Middle East, the question is no longer whether India should join the geopolitical jousting there; but when, how and in partnership with whom.

Strategic communities can learn from all traditions of statecraft. Jaishankar’s book is a call to fill Indian deficit
Tue, Sep 08, 2020

For Jaishankar, the Mahabharata is “the most vivid distillation of Indian thoughts on statecraft” and a "graphic account" of real-life situations and the complex challenges they present leaders. “The courage required to implement policy is, perhaps, its most famous section — the Bhagavad Gita.”

In dealing with Chinese power, Delhi needs an internationalism that is rooted in realism
Tue, Sep 01, 2020

Delhi’s pursuit of economic regionalism in East Asia and a multi-polar world in partnership with China and Russia had severely underestimated the economic and political consequences of China’s rapid rise.

Today, India’s strategic autonomy is about coping with Beijing’s challenge to its territorial integrity, sovereignty
Tue, Aug 25, 2020

In the 1990s, the quest for strategic autonomy from the US drove India into a political coalition with Russia and China that sought to limit the dangers of the unipolar moment. Today, the logic of strategic autonomy from China nudges India to look for strong security partnerships

India’s geopolitical interests are in close alignment with moderate Arab centre
Tue, Aug 18, 2020

Standing up for Arab sovereignty and opposing the forces of regional destabilisation must be at the very heart of India’s new engagement with the Middle East.

Delhi must brace for a measure of unpredictability in America’s external orientation
Tue, Aug 11, 2020

C. Raja Mohan writes: Unlike Beijing and Moscow, Delhi has no incentive to pick sides between Trump and Biden. It can deal productively with both. But Delhi is conscious of the current unprecedented churn in US domestic politics and the breakdown of the internal consensus on foreign and economic policies.

New American consensus appears to be in sync with India’s turn towards decoupling from China
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

Although total digital decoupling between US and China might take a long time, if it happens at all, new rules are emerging to define terms of engagement

Global coalition of democracies, amid China’s assertion, could open a range of new possibilities
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

While India must pay close attention to the unfolding China debate in the US, it must also note the structural changes in American engagement with China over the last two decades.

For India, costs of neglecting new Arabian business are far higher than a lost railway contract in Iran
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

India is no minor economic force in the Arab world, having had a much longer engagement with the region than China. Instead of defining an unrealistic competition with Beijing, Delhi must up its own commercial game in the Arab world.

Delhi should set itself a political challenge — to decisively turn Britain in favour of India
Tue, Jul 14, 2020

As Britain recognises that China can’t be the anchor of its post-Brexit foreign economic and strategic policies, Delhi has a huge opening to restructure its relationship with London

China’s hegemonic ambitions mean that Beijing’s focus is now on building Chinese century
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

In an unfortunate paradox, the phenomenal rise of China may have created the very conditions for the demise of the Asian century. That China has become far more powerful than all of its Asian neighbours has meant Beijing no longer sees the need to evoke Asian unity.

Indian resistance to China’s expansionism would be a definitive moment in Asia’s geopolitical evolution
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

If Delhi comes out of this crisis wounded, its troubles at home and the world will mount significantly. But an India that comes out of this confrontation with its head held high, will find its international political stock rising and its options on China expanding.

Acknowledging Beijing’s rise, scale of challenge it presents, are first steps in crafting a new China policy
Tue, Jun 23, 2020

India must also recognise that China, like the great powers before it, wants to redeem its territorial claims, has the ambition to bend the neighbourhood to its will, reshape the global order to suit its interests.

Growing power differential is what lies behind China’s assertion in Ladakh
Tue, Jun 16, 2020

The ground reality has not been altered by India’s constitutional changes. It is being changed by the PLA’s growing military capabilities and the political will to use them.

China now has the military power to alter territorial status quo
Tue, Jun 09, 2020

The real challenge for Delhi in managing its expansive territorial dispute with Beijing, then, is to redress the growing power imbalance with China.

Modi-Morrison summit can help plug a gap in India’s diplomatic tradition
Thu, Jun 04, 2020

It is only by building a series of overlapping bilateral and minilateral platforms for regional security cooperation that Delhi and Canberra can limit the dangers of the growing geopolitical imbalance in the Indo-Pacific.

Delhi must focus on India’s relations with Nepal
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

It should bet that the logic of Nepal’s economic geography, its pursuit of enlightened self-interest, and Kathmandu’s natural balancing politics, will continue to provide a strong framework for India’s future engagement with Nepal.

As it ponders talks with Taliban, Delhi should focus on complex geopolitics of the Pashtun lands
Tue, May 26, 2020

Those calling for direct engagement with the Taliban say that Delhi can't ignore such an important force in Afghan politics. Opponents say there is no reason for Delhi to join the international stampede to embrace the Taliban.

Unanimous approval of resolution seeking probe into Covid-19 origin and role of WHO will be a setback for Beijing
Tue, May 19, 2020

Whatever the fate of the resolution, the wide-ranging support it has got amidst the vocal Chinese opposition is impressive.