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).

  • Op-Ed Indian Express September 1, 2015
    Raja-Mandala: Faith and Diplomacy

    Purposeful engagement with religious communities around the world can increase the efficacy of India’s international relations, but only when handled with great care and diplomatic competence.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express August 25, 2015
    Not With You, Nor Without You

    India and Pakistan cannot afford to stay away from each other for too long. But they cannot stay with each other either.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express August 22, 2015
    NSA-level Talks: Why Delhi Is Playing Hardball and What’s the Risk

    The consequences of a breakdown in dialogue between India and Pakistan might be unpredictable and could well push bilateral relations, as well as the situation in Kashmir, into uncharted waters.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express August 20, 2015
    Raja-Mandala: PM Modi’s Pakistan Surprise

    In refusing to call off the talks between Indian and Pakistani national security advisers, Modi might be signalling the strength to rethink the core assumptions of India’s recent Pakistan policy.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express August 18, 2015
    How India, UAE Looked Beyond Pak to Forge a New Partnership

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has seized a rare moment of change in the Gulf and launched a new phase in India’s relations with the United Arab Emirates.

  • Modi in the Gulf
    Op-Ed Indian Express August 11, 2015
    Modi in the Gulf

    Recent developments demand that New Delhi take a fresh strategic look at the Gulf region.

  • Report August 7, 2015 Full Text
    The Strategic Rationale for Deeper U.S.-Indian Economic Ties

    The U.S.-India relationship was often distant during the Cold War, but the partnership is now critical for both countries’ strategic aims.

  • Raja-Mandala: After Mullah Omar
    Op-Ed Indian Express August 4, 2015
    Raja-Mandala: After Mullah Omar

    Even if Pakistan succeeds in getting the new Taliban leadership to the table, there will be enough Afghan elements to challenge the terms.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express July 29, 2015
    The Great Game Folio: China’s Taliban

    Beijing has begun to see that political stability and moderation in Afghanistan are vital to counter the rise of Islamist extremism and ethnic separatism in its restive far western province, Xinjiang.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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