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 24, 2016
    Raja Mandala: What Pranab Must Say to Beijing

    Delhi finds it hard to elicit China’s support on key international priorities of its own, including India’s integration into the global nuclear order.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express May 23, 2016
    India’s Chabahar Test

    The fact that it has taken more than a decade for India to begin work on the Chabahar port project reveals the deep-rooted internal constraints on India’s regional economic strategy.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express May 17, 2016
    Raja Mandala: Obama, Trump, and a Question in Japan

    America’s leaders have drawn attention to a deep paradox of Japan’s nuclear story.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express May 10, 2016
    Raja Mandala: Message From the Maha Kumbh

    An interfaith symposium in Ujjain highlights one of the unique features of the NDA government’s international relations—putting religion at the heart of India’s cultural diplomacy.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express May 7, 2016
    Beyond Gunboat Diplomacy

    Although aimed at American audiences, the Indian strategic community could well benefit from the rare discussion on geoeconomics offered by Blackwill and Harris.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • May 16, 2016 New Delhi
    The State of Indian-Iranian Relations

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Iran, the first bilateral visit to Tehran by an Indian prime minister in 15 years, comes at a critical juncture in the rapid evolution of India’s engagement with the region.

  • March 30, 2016 New Delhi
    New Technologies, Warfare, and International Humanitarian Law

    While innovation in weapon technology is as old as warfare itself, the rise of new weapon technologies like cyberwarfare and autonomous weapons has raised fundamental questions about the impact of International Humanitarian Law on future battlefields.

  • April 14, 2015 Washington, DC
    The U.S.-India Relationship–Past, Present, and Future

    How can the history of the U.S.-Indian bilateral relationship enhance understanding of its current status?

  • April 14, 2015 Washington, DC
    Strengthening the U.S.-India Partnership: Fostering Innovation and Expanding Healthcare Access Worldwide

    The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is hosting a conference on how the United States and India can collaborate to create an economic environment and institutional regime that protects innovation.

  • 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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