Authors Posts by C. Raja Mohan

C. Raja Mohan

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Inflection point in Kabul

India’s current plans to intensify strategic cooperation with Afghanistan could well mark an inflection point in its regional security politics. If its approach to...

Doklam’s unintended consequence

Whatever the eventual outcome in Doklam, the current stand-off is bound to significantly alter Indian perceptions of China. For one, the political goodwill in...

Mind the power gap

As India settles into an extended military standoff with China in the Himalayas, it can’t afford to take its eyes off Beijing’s maritime forays...

Engaging an inward looking US

As he heads to the White House later this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a two-fold challenge. One is to preserve the gains...

Transacting with Trump

Delhi tends to use the word “transactional” pejoratively. This is particularly true of the Indian discourse on the partnership with the United States. The...

Network is the key

Official India has turned its back on China’s celebration of President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) this week in Beijing. Some in...

Three decades of mistrust

As Delhi and Colombo intensify their high-level political engagement, new opportunities for elevating the partnership are coloured by enduring suspicions in Sri Lanka. The...

Modi and Hasina can restore Bengal’s regional centrality

The idea that India-Bangladesh relations can be changed, root and branch, took hold seven years ago when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina came to Delhi....

Indian Neighbourhood defence

What we see today is the geographic expansion of the Chinese defence profile way beyond Pakistan to cover India’s other neighbours in South Asia...

Diplomacy for New India

Never one to rest on his laurels, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set himself a new target — showcasing a “New India” by 2022,...

Choppy waters, unsure navigator

This week’s gathering of the Indian Ocean leaders in Jakarta has drawn a mixed reaction. Optimists see the Jakarta summit of the Indian Ocean...

Fruits of patience

Strategic patience is a virtue in statecraft. But it is not about passive and endless waiting. It demands persistent pursuit of one’s goals and...

Getting down to work with Trump

At the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, the Chinese President Xi Jinping claimed leadership of the global economic order amidst the US...

Battling de-globalisation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was more direct in demanding that diplomacy serve economic interests of the nation. As Rex Tillerson, until recently the head of...

Way forward as Trump turns America inward

In a powerful appeal to American nationalism and a clarion call to put “America First,” the new President of the United States Donald J...

Moscow and New DC

The invocation of the “foreign hand” to explain unexpected political developments is quite common in the subcontinent. But the last place in the world...

The myth of a political bond

India’s problem with China is that Delhi’s ideas of shared global interest in the multilateral domain have run into Beijing’s calculus on the regional...

Expand partnership with US, limit rifts with China

In the last few years, India has struggled to cope with Beijing’s political expansion, military modernisation and power projection in India’s neighbourhood. As a rising...

The looming disruption

Thanks to the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States, there is no longer an American consensus. Troubles tend to come...

The odd triangle

It was no surprise that China strongly objected to the presence of the Dalai Lama at the Rashtrapati Bhavan a few days ago. In...

The challenge of automata

That the US president elect Donald Trump has spoken up against H-1B visas, which go mostly to Indian IT companies, is no surprise. Last...