C. Raja Mohan

Nonresident Senior Associate
South Asia Program
Mohan is a nonresident senior associate in Carnegie’s South Asia Program, where his research focuses on international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues.


PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
MA, Andhra University, Waltair


English; Hindi; Telegu


C. Raja Mohan is a nonresident senior associate in Carnegie’s South Asia Program, where his research focuses on international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues. He is also a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, a columnist on foreign affairs for the Indian Express, and a visiting research professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. He was a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board.

From 2009 to 2010, Mohan was the Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress. Previously, he was a professor of South Asian studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He also served as the diplomatic editor and Washington correspondent of the Hindu

Mohan’s recent books include include Samudra Manthan: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2012), Power Realignments in Asia: China, India and the United States (Sage, 2009) (co-edited with Alyssa Ayres), Impossible Allies: Nuclear India, United States and the Global Order (India Research Press, 2006), and Crossing the Rubicon: The Shaping of India’s New Foreign Policy (Palgrave, 2004).

  • Japanese PM Shinzo Abe
    Op-Ed Indian Express July 21, 2015
    Chinese Takeaway: Abe’s Defense

    Going against the grain of entrenched pacifism in Japan, Abe is making the case that Tokyo should respond to the rapidly unfolding geopolitical changes in the region.

  • Former Indian PM Manmohan Singh
    Op-Ed Indian Express July 20, 2015
    10 Years of Indo-U.S. Civil-Nuclear Deal: Transformation of the Bilateral Relationship is the Real Big Deal

    The next decade in India’s partnership with America could turn out to be even more consequential than the previous one.

  • South Asia Map
    Op-Ed Indian Express July 15, 2015
    How the Iran Nuke Deal Gives India Room in the Greater Middle East

    The historic nuclear accord between Iran and the international community unveiled in Vienna helps remove a number of recent constraints on Indian foreign policy.

  • Modi and Sharif
    Op-Ed Indian Express July 14, 2015
    The Great Game Folio: Modi’s Pak Pivot

    To be an effective player in Central Asia, India must find a way either through Pakistan, or around it.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express July 7, 2015
    Chinese Takeaway: Modi’s Geopolitics

    Although nimble diplomacy can paper over the emerging cracks in India’s multi-alignment strategy, Delhi will need to make some difficult judgements on where its interests might lie when push comes to shove among the great powers.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express July 6, 2015
    A Passage to Inner Asia

    Modi’s trip to Central Asia is a welcome change in India’s relations in the area, but he will need a long-term strategy to overcome the constraints on India’s regional role.

  • Indian Submarine
    Op-Ed Indian Express June 30, 2015
    The Great Game Folio: Chinese Submarines

    The Chinese navy first showed its flag in the Indian Ocean nearly three decades ago, when it began to make ship visits to Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

  • New Delhi
    Op-Ed Indian Express June 24, 2015
    Two-Speed Regionalism

    The recent signing of a motor vehicle agreement by the transport ministers of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal marks a big breakthrough in the evolution of South Asian regionalism.

  • Narendra Modi
    Op-Ed Indian Express June 23, 2015
    Chinese Takeaway: Yoga Diplomacy

    The impressive participation around the world on International Yoga Day is indeed a testimony to India’s immense reservoir of soft power.

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
    Op-Ed Indian Express June 16, 2015
    The Great Game Folio: Iran Opportunity

    As Tehran and Washington inch towards a nuclear deal, there will be room for expansive engagement between India and Iran.

  • Washington October 24, 2012
    Samudra Manthan: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific

    Despite the huge differences in the current naval capabilities of China, India, and the United States, the three countries are locked in a triangular struggle destined to mold the future Indo-Pacific.

Source: http://carnegieendowment.org/experts/index.cfm?fa=expert_view&expert_id=698

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