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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'.

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

The Howdy moment: Modi government ought to recognise that diaspora diplomacy is double-edged
Sun, Sep 22, 2019

Modi must also underline that the main purpose of India’s diaspora engagement in America is about elevating the strategic partnership with the US to a higher level.

Raja Mandala: Myth of religious solidarity
Tue, Sep 17, 2019

Reactions of several Muslim countries to India’s decision on Kashmir shows that political and economic interest bind nations — not ideologies.

Raja Mandala: Can General Bajwa do what General Musharraf could not? Establish relations with Israel
Tue, Sep 10, 2019

Realists in Islamabad are arguing for diplomatic relations with Israel. This is part of a new urgency to revamp the country’s foreign policy.

Raja Mandala: New Delhi’s diplomacy indicates its willingness for more productive engagement with Brussels
Tue, Sep 03, 2019

That no prime minister has visited Hungary since Rajiv Gandhi in 1988 and Poland since Morarji Desai in 1979, underlines India’s strategic neglect of Central Europe all these decades. As the region’s weight grows within Europe, Eurasia and the world, Jaishankar’s visit has hopefully created the basis for a more productive engagement with the region.

Raja Mandala: Kashmir is not making world leaders lose sleep
Tue, Aug 27, 2019

Barring China, few major powers want to take advantage of India’s problems in Kashmir. Pakistan might whip itself into a frenzy about every word on Kashmir, but there is little reason for Delhi to be too excited

Old new friends
Sat, Aug 24, 2019

Why in a more uncertain world order, India and France are natural partners in building the new coalitions.

Raja Mandala: What India has to offer in the Gulf
Tue, Aug 20, 2019

Delhi should support the region’s reform agenda, deepen economic and security cooperation.

By reorganising Kashmir’s political status, Modi govt is addressing a colonial mess
Tue, Aug 13, 2019

India’s recent decision to revoke the special status of Kashmir is about the unfinished task of extending effective territorial sovereignty over lands it has claimed.

J&K and the world: India’s strategies for internal security, territorial defence and diplomacy will have to act in unison
Mon, Aug 12, 2019

India’s diplomatic response must be at multiple levels. One is the legal dimension. Realists might scoff at legal niceties. But legal arguments are important and Delhi must present a solid legal brief about its actions, since there is little international understanding of the complex historical evolution of Kashmir.

Possibilities in the Northwest
Tue, Aug 06, 2019

After altering J&K’s status, Delhi needs strategy to manage external environment

Raja Mandala: Great game in Africa
Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Rajnath Singh’s visit to Mozambique offers an opportunity for Delhi to review the progress made in implementing the Indian Ocean strategy.

Raja Mandala: The moon and the law
Tue, Jul 23, 2019

There is valuable real estate for space-faring nations on the lunar surface. But international law is still unclear on ownership in space.

When Trump meets Imran
Mon, Jul 22, 2019

The essence of talks: What General Bajwa can deliver on regional peace, what he wants in return.

Raja Mandala: Maritime challenges and opportunities
Tue, Jul 16, 2019

The churn in the Persian Gulf provides India an opening to step up its strategic engagements beyond investments in the Chabahar port.

Raja Mandala: When countries moonwalk
Tue, Jul 09, 2019

There is renewed global interest in the moon. India must leverage its space legacy to gain lunar advantage.

Delhi’s strategy for Indo-Pacific needs to recognise the importance of the continent
Tue, Jul 02, 2019

As in India, so in the ASEAN, there was much initial suspicion about the meaning of and the motivations behind the term Indo-Pacific. If India’s preferred focus was on the Indian Ocean, the ASEAN had grown accustomed to the idea of the Asia-Pacific.

Mike Pompeo’s India visit is a chance to re-animate a stagnating relationship
Tue, Jun 25, 2019

The key to successful engagement with the US is to keep the negotiations going and make progress wherever one can. Americans are always ready to split the difference and move on. Delhi has been notorious for its inability to bring any negotiation to a close.

Raja Mandala: Xi’s Hong Kong headache
Tue, Jun 18, 2019

The street protests threaten to dim Beijing’s aura of invincibility.

Terms of engagement
Thu, Jun 13, 2019

The context of India-Pakistan relationship has changed significantly. Any framework for dialogue must reflect the new situation

Raja Mandala: India and the Sino-Russian alliance
Tue, Jun 11, 2019

The strengthening of ties between Russia and China present a challenge to Delhi. But it is better prepared than most to play the new Great Game.

Modi’s visit to Male, Colombo can affirm the salience of the Indian Ocean island states
Fri, Jun 07, 2019

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to the southern seas, Delhi must come to terms with a number of realities.

Raja Mandala: From Tiananmen to digital dystopia
Tue, Jun 04, 2019

Rise of the all-knowing surveillance state has reinforced Deng Xiaoping’s model of open economy and closed polity in China.

Raja Mandala: Modi’s Taiwan opportunity
Tue, May 28, 2019

If there is one piece of real estate that holds the key to the geopolitics of East Asia, it is Taiwan.

Raja Mandala: In his second term, Modi must deal with turbulence unleashed by Trump’s challenge to global trading order
Sat, May 25, 2019

Modi needs to take a strategic view of India’s foreign trade, purposefully explore the possibilities for give and take with the US, and seize on the rearrangement of global production chains in the wake of the US-China trade war. No other set of issues will shape India’s future global trajectory more than a pragmatic reorientation of India’s trade strategy and the reformation of its negotiating structures.