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).


  • South Asia Map
    Op-Ed Indian Express October 20, 2014
    Iran and India’s Road to Afghanistan

    Delhi and Tehran see the Chabahar port as a means to improve their geopolitical leverage with Pakistan and pursue their common interest in providing Central Asia alternative routes to the Indian Ocean.

  • 2014 BRICS Summit
    Op-Ed Indian Express October 17, 2014
    The Great Game Folio: Russia Hugs China

    As Russia embraces China to relieve the pressures from the West, India’s room for geopolitical maneuver in Asia and beyond is bound to shrink.

  • Indian Flag
    Op-Ed Indian Express October 9, 2014
    A New Panchsheel

    It is one thing for Modi to say India needs to be more practical in dealing with the outside world. It is entirely another to get his ministerial colleagues and the bureaucracy to act on that basis in a sustained manner.

  • Indian Aircraft Carrier
    Op-Ed Indian Express October 8, 2014
    Chinese Takeaway: Not So Coy

    Modi's reference to the South China Sea says more about India’s changing political attitude than its policy towards the maritime territorial disputes between Beijing and its Asian neighbours.

  • Op-Ed Eurasia Review October 6, 2014
    The Second Chance

    If the expansive agenda unveiled by Modi and Obama is matched by bureaucratic purposefulness in Delhi and Washington, India and America have a second chance at building a strategic partnership of considerable consequence.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express October 5, 2014
    Modi and the Middle East: Towards a Link West Policy

    While continuing to engage with East and South East Asia, Indian Prime Minister Modi is ‘Linking West’ to increase India’s ties to the Middle East.

  • Indian PM Narendra Modi
    Op-Ed Indian Express October 2, 2014
    The Second Chance

    What stands out at the end of Narendra Modi’s visit is his demonstration of political will and diplomatic ingenuity to rekindle the romance with America that had gone cold in recent years.

  • Pakistani militants
    Op-Ed Indian Express October 1, 2014
    Modi and Obama’s War

    Although both the United States and India see terrorism as a great threat to their societies, they have different priorities in the war against it.

  • 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.

  • 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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