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 October 6, 2015
    Raja-Mandala: What is the ‘Hindu-German Conspiracy’?

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempt to put some meat on the bones of a proclaimed Indo-German strategic partnership is part of a story that goes back to the early years of the twentieth century.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express September 29, 2015
    Raja-Mandala: Picking up the Tab for Peace

    As the world today looks up to India as a net security provider, Delhi needs to recast its peacekeeping strategy by modernizing its decision-making structures, expanding domestic defence capabilities, and strengthening its military diplomacy.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express September 28, 2015
    Third Date With Barack

    Together, Modi and Obama have an opportunity to lock-in recent gains and set even more ambitious goals.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express September 22, 2015
    Raja-Mandala: Copying the Chinese Code

    If China, whose cyber philosophy is fundamentally different from that of the United States, can cut deals with American businesses, why has India been so reluctant to seize the opportunities for a deeper digital partnership?

  • Op-Ed Indian Express September 21, 2015 Русский
    A New Multilateralism

    Having recast key bilateral ties, Modi now has a chance to end Delhi’s defensiveness in approaching the world.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express September 15, 2015
    Raja-Mandala: A Bridge to Sri Lanka

    Building a causeway across the Palk Strait could become the most powerful symbol of South Asia’s new regionalism.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express September 8, 2015
    Raja-Mandala: India-Pak and the Parivar

    There is a growing conviction across the subcontinent that the region must overcome the many tragic consequences of Partition.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express September 8, 2015
    WWII Military Parade: Ambitious China, Divided Asia, Uncertain India

    In the view of India and Japan, China’s parade commemorating victory in World War Two signaled as much about Asia’s geopolitical future as it did about the past.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Source: http://carnegieendowment.org/experts/index.cfm?fa=expert_view&expert_id=698

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