C. Raja Mohan

Carnegie India
A leading analyst of India’s foreign policy, Mohan is also an expert on South Asian security, great-power relations in Asia, and arms control.


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


English; Hindi; Telegu


C. Raja Mohan is director of Carnegie India. A leading analyst of India’s foreign policy, Mohan is also an expert on South Asian security, great-power relations in Asia, and arms control. He is the foreign affairs columnist 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 most recent books are Modi’s World: Expanding India's Sphere of Influence (Harper Collins India, 2015) and India’s Naval Strategy and Asian Security (Routledge, 2016) (co-edited with Anit Mukherjee). His other books 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 May 2, 2016
    Raja-Mandala: Delhi and Donald Trump

    India must begin to take Trump seriously and assess the sources and consequences of America’s changing worldview.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express April 26, 2016
    Raja-Mandala: Aligning With the Far to Balance the Near

    The idea that India must unilaterally cede a veto to China over its partnership with America reveals an enduring strategic diffidence in Delhi. It also shows little awareness of either China’s geopolitical tradition or of modern India’s diplomatic practice.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express April 19, 2016
    Raja-Mandala: India, OIC, and the Kashmir Charade

    The deeply fractured Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is more concerned with the situation in the Middle East than the status of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express April 16, 2016
    Delhi Seems Ready to Compete With Beijing Where it Must and Cooperate Where it Can

    Modi has turned the previous UPA government’s China policy on its head.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express April 14, 2016
    India-U.S. Defense Partnership: Making Haste, Slowly

    The Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement would help Indian forces, especially its navy, to operate far from subcontinental shores at a moment when New Delhi has to secure its widely dispersed interests in the Indian Ocean and beyond.

  • Raja-Mandala: India, US and Artificial Intelligenc
    Op-Ed Indian Express April 12, 2016
    Raja-Mandala: India, U.S., and Artificial Intelligence

    Engagement with the U.S. defense establishment is only an important first step towards Delhi’s strategic appreciation of the stakes in the development of artificial intelligence and associated technologies.

  • Op-Ed Live Mint April 6, 2016
    Making India a ‘Leading Power’

    New Delhi has been tentative on the international stage despite a number of factors that demand a stronger Indian role in the world.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express April 5, 2016
    Raja-Mandala: Returning India to the Gulf

    India needed to drop its posturing and step up political and security engagement in the Gulf.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express March 29, 2016
    Raja-Mandala: Spying Gracelessly

    All states indulge in spying, political and commercial. India and Pakistan should acknowledge their respective spies and bring them home through spy swaps when they get caught.

  • Strategic Europe March 29, 2016
    Modi in Europe: Relaunching the EU-India Strategic Partnership

    India and the EU have a greater chance of success if they strengthen their relations and improve bilateral strategic coordination on regional affairs.

  • Routledge January 18, 2016
    India’s Naval Strategy and Asian Security

    Delhi’s expanding economic and military strength has generated a widespread debate on India’s prospects for shaping the balance of power in Asia.

  • Oxford University Press September 23, 2015
    The Oxford Handbook of Indian Foreign Policy

    This handbook presents an innovative, high profile volume, providing an authoritative and accessible examination and critique of Indian foreign policy.

  • 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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