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 senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, a columnist on foreign affairs for the Indian Express, and an adjunct professor of South Asian studies at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is currently 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 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).


  • Indian factory
    Op-Ed Indian Express September 25, 2014
    Modi’s American Business

    What Prime Minister Narendra Modi does with the American business community during his visit to the United States may be more consequential over the longer term than his engagement with the political leadership in Washington.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express September 24, 2014
    Chinese Takeaway

    India must improve relations with both Washington and Beijing and not limit ties with one because of the other.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express September 16, 2014
    Xi Jinping Arrives Tomorrow, Wants PM Narendra Modi on Board for Southern Silk Road

    Chinese President Xi is trying to persuade Indian Prime Minister Modi to support China’s Southern Silk Road initiative.

  • New Delhi
    Op-Ed Indian Express September 15, 2014
    Silk Route to Beijing

    Putting in place a strategy to modernize India’s internal connectivity and strengthen its maritime infrastructure is critical for any effective Indian response to China’s silk road initiative.

  • Indian and Chinese soldiers
    Op-Ed Indian Express September 10, 2014
    Chinese Takeaway: BJP's Beijing

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has much greater political space at home than his predecessor Manmohan Singh in making more confident moves towards China.

  • India Australia handshake
    Op-Ed Indian Express September 5, 2014
    The Story Beyond Uranium

    There is a growing recognition in Delhi that Australia is a valuable partner in stabilizing Asia.

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
    Op-Ed Indian Express September 3, 2014
    The Great Game Folio: Modi’s Lexicon

    The persistent use of new phrases by leaders of major powers shapes international discourse.

  • Indian woman
    Op-Ed Indian Express August 27, 2014
    Chinese Takeaway

    If Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi plays his cards well, he can mobilize China and Japan in accelerating India’s development.

  • Op-Ed August 15, 2014
    The U.S.-China Rivalry Has Asia on Edge

    It is time for new and creative ways to deal with Asia’s strategic uncertainties.

  • Indian transit
    Op-Ed Indian Express August 13, 2014
    Chinese Takeaway: One Belt, One Road

    New Delhi must make up its mind on Beijing’s invitation to jointly build the new silk roads in inner Asia and the Indo-Pacific littoral.

  • 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.

  • April 28, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    India’s Post-Election Foreign Policy

    While there will soon be a new government in New Delhi, India’s foreign policy challenges promise to remain more or less constant.

  • March 21, 2014 Beijing 中文
    Samudra Manthan: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific

    China’s growing maritime presence in the Indian Ocean and India’s increasing sea interactions in East Asia is shifting the focus of Sino-Indian bilateral relations from land to sea.

  • May 1, 2013 Washington, DC
    The Strategic Environment in South Asia

    Over the next decade, the United States, China, and India will form a critical strategic triangle while the individual relationships of these three nations with ASEAN, Iran, and Pakistan will have significant regional and global implications.

  • October 24, 2012 Washington, D.C. 中文
    Sino-Indian Maritime Rivalry

    Rising China and emerging India are becoming major maritime powers. As they build large navies to secure their growing interests, both nations are roiling the waters of the Indo-Pacific.

  • November 14, 2011 Washington, D.C.
    The Great Indian Contradiction: Internal Crisis and External Dynamism

    The second term of the Indian government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has encountered political turbulence and economic slowdown with no signs of the will to break out of a prolonged stasis at home, but shown a rare strategic purposefulness abroad.

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