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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'.

Xi starts Myanmar visit today, Beijing hopes to draw new power lines in Bay of Bengal region
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

In Myanmar to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Xi is expected to nudge his hosts to implement stalled Chinese infrastructure projects, consolidate Beijing’s status as the most important economic partner of Naypyidaw.

A new compact to deal with domestic crisis can open up risks for the Khamenei regime
Tue, Jan 14, 2020

The Iranian people, who had apparently rallied behind the flag after the US killing of Soleimani were now turning their rage against the government. The chant “Death to America” a week before were replaced by “Death to the Dictator” in a reference to Khamenei.

A direct military contest between US and Iran is loaded in America’s favour
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

Both Trump and Khamenei are realists. There are political constrains on them that limit the pressures of a further escalation of conflict between US and Iran.

Domestic political climate affects external relations. India must recognise this urgently
Tue, Dec 31, 2019

Some in Delhi might scoff at the notion of recognising external concerns in the conduct of India’s domestic politics. To be sure, the theory is that all states are sovereign and free to do what they want at home and free to conduct foreign policies as they like.

India needs to remove growing negative perceptions of its domestic policies in the Muslim world
Tue, Dec 24, 2019

Delhi might be giving an opportunity to an otherwise divided world, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, to agree in their disapproval of India’s domestic politics.

Raja Mandala: Looking beyond the diaspora
Tue, Dec 17, 2019

India must avoid making Pakistan a preoccupation in relationship with UK. It must take advantage of shift in Britain’s international orientation.

China at sea: For Delhi, Shiyan incident is a reminder to invest more in maritime scientific research
Tue, Dec 10, 2019

With Beijing expanding strategic purpose of its marine research to Andamans, Delhi and its partners should coordinate maritime diplomacy.

From trade to geopolitical significance, it is time for India to look again at Mauritius
Tue, Dec 03, 2019

There is a bigger challenge for Delhi in dealing with Mauritius. It is the urgent need to discard the deep-rooted perception that Mauritius is simply an extension of India. It is not. It is a sovereign entity with a unique national culture and an international identity of its own.

With Sri Lanka, Delhi must be seen as a friend of all communities
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

The return of the Rajapaksas has been widely feared as heralding the renewal of authoritarian rule in Sri Lanka. The election of a strong interlocutor, however, also offers Delhi an opportunity to explore the prospects for a reconstruction of the relationship.

Delhi needs to engage with Moscow on the unfolding Sino-Russian naval partnership
Tue, Nov 26, 2019

Over the last few years, China and Russia have conducted impressive naval manoeuvres in the Western Pacific, the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean. The joint exercise with South Africa this week brings the unfolding Sino-Russian naval partnership closer home to India.

World will be shades of grey… have to look for possibilities in larger global landscape: Jaishankar
Fri, Nov 22, 2019

After delivering The Fourth Ramnath Goenka Lecture in New Delhi last week, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar sat down with C Raja Mohan, Consulting Editor of The Indian Express, to discuss India’s policies, strengths, and challenges in today’s complex, rapidly changing world.

India needs to engage with the Tamil question and Chinese interests in Sri Lanka with an open mind
Tue, Nov 19, 2019

With a strong government in Sri Lanka, it is time for Delhi to think boldly about its relationship with Colombo.

Kartarpur Corridor is a remarkable exception to the current dynamic between India, Pakistan
Tue, Nov 12, 2019

The Kashmir issue has long dominated the regional framing of India-Pakistan relations within the Subcontinent and beyond. But Punjab, has often shown the possibilities for potentially transformative breakthroughs in bilateral relations.

The greatest threat to Pakistan comes from Afghanistan rather than Kashmir
Tue, Nov 05, 2019

The Kashmir issue may not vanish from the regional and global agenda, but it is the Pashtun question which will continue to haunt the future of Pakistan and the Subcontinent.

Delhi must do what little it can to strengthen the civilian, democratic forces in Pakistan
Thu, Oct 31, 2019

The current juncture in Pakistan is a good moment for India to speak up on Pakistan’s internal developments. Demanding humane treatment for Sharif and Zardari is the least Delhi can do.

Stephen Cohen got strategic elite in DC and Delhi to understand each other
Tue, Oct 29, 2019

Amid India’s intellectual xenophobia of those years, any American scholar like Steve was suspected to be a “CIA Agent”. For the American academics wanting to engage Delhi, “anti-Americanism” appeared to be part of the Indian elite’s DNA.

Raja Mandala: MBS’s reform-driven Saudi offers India room to strengthen bilateral ties
Tue, Oct 29, 2019

The ambition of MbS is to diversify the Saudi economy from its historical reliance on the oil business and develop manufacturing and service sectors through liberalisation at home, and deeper integration with the world.

China’s dramatic rise in the 21st century makes Beijing a far more compelling partner for Kathmandu
Tue, Oct 22, 2019

India must recast relations with Nepal on basis of geographic and cultural interdependence, sovereign equality and mutual benefit.

India needs to pay close attention to deepening of Nepal-China cooperation
Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Nepal’s northern border with China is entirely with Tibet, and Beijing sees security cooperation with Kathmandu as critical in controlling the movement of people across this frontier.

Xi arrives in Kathmandu to forge a bold new chapter, pitch trans-Himalayan corridor
Sun, Oct 13, 2019

The question of Beijing’s support for Islamabad on Kashmir may have dominated India’s recent discourse on China.

With China, India must recognise power imbalance, liberate itself from prolonged illusions, false hopes
Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Delhi’s overestimation of its leverage with Beijing in the triangular relationship with Washington has unfortunately meant India often chose to voluntarily limit its partnership with the US and its allies.

Techno-Politics: Focus on China’s facial recognition technologies
Wed, Oct 09, 2019

Over the last couple of years, technology issues have emerged at the front and centre of the deepening Sino-US trade tensions.

Delhi might want to add another geography for its diplomatic lexicon — the Vanilla Islands
Tue, Oct 08, 2019

Vice-President Naidu’s visit to the Indian Ocean islands should be a moment for Delhi to launch economic, defence cooperation with the littoral.

India must reflect frankly upon China’s extraordinary transformation
Tue, Oct 01, 2019

China is not the first country to move from underdeveloped to developed status. It is the first country to compress that journey into just four decades.

Raja Mandala: India and the US need to address the vexed issues in trade
Tue, Sep 24, 2019

India and the US need to address the vexed issues in trade. This will prepare New Delhi for profound changes in global economic order