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 policeman in Kashmir
    Op-Ed Indian Express March 4, 2015
    The Great Game Folio: Kashmir Gambit

    If the Modi government can change the external dimension to Jammu and Kashmir for the better, it could create a conducive environment for the ambitious internal agenda for development articulated by the BJP and PDP.

  • Pakistani mosque
    Op-Ed Indian Express March 3, 2015
    Northwest Turbulence

    Having suspended talks with Islamabad last August, the Indian government needed a diplomatic device to renew the engagement with Pakistan.

  • Train
    Op-Ed Indian Express February 25, 2015
    Chinese Takeaway: Railway Lessons

    As the Indian government presents the rail budget, it is worth reflecting on the growing gap between the Indian railway system and that of its Asian peer, China.

  • PLAN Personnel
    Op-Ed Indian Express February 21, 2015
    The Great Folio: Defense Diplomacy

    Military diplomacy has acquired much greater salience in China’s international relations in recent years.

  • Former Presidents Hamid Karzai and Hu Jintao
    Op-Ed Indian Express February 18, 2015
    Afghan Arena: Exit America, Enter China

    As America reduces its military burden in Afghanistan, China’s deepening involvement there was marked by the launch of a new official forum in Kabul last week.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express February 13, 2015
    Modi’s Cricket Diplomacy: Renewing Political Contact With Pakistan

    Cricket has always come in handy to the leaders of India and Pakistan to break political ice at difficult moments in bilateral relations, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent outreach follows this trend.

  • Indian Air Force Personnel
    Op-Ed Indian Express February 6, 2015
    The Second World War: Time to Mark India’s Contributions

    The time has come for political India to put the second World War in its proper historical context and celebrate the extraordinary contributions of the Indian people in defeating fascism and making of the modern world order.

  • Modi and Xi
    Op-Ed Indian Express February 4, 2015
    Chinese Takeaway: Sushma in Beijing

    Those who worried that Modi might be provoking China by drawing too close to the United States have reasons to be reassured as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj concludes a very successful visit to Beijing.

  • Indian Flag
    Op-Ed Eurasia Review January 29, 2015
    India-U.S. Relations: Modi and Obama Begin New Chapter

    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama ended their second summit meeting in less than four months by proclaiming that a new chapter has begun in bilateral relations.

  • Indian Flag
    Op-Ed Indian Express January 29, 2015
    The Art of the Deal

    To understand the strategic significance of the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama, it is necessary to look beyond the outcomes that the two leaders have unveiled.

  • 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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