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).

  • Indian Submarine
    Op-Ed Indian Express June 30, 2015
    The Great Game Folio: Chinese Submarines

    The Chinese navy first showed its flag in the Indian Ocean nearly three decades ago, when it began to make ship visits to Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

  • New Delhi
    Op-Ed Indian Express June 24, 2015
    Two-Speed Regionalism

    The recent signing of a motor vehicle agreement by the transport ministers of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal marks a big breakthrough in the evolution of South Asian regionalism.

  • Narendra Modi
    Op-Ed Indian Express June 23, 2015
    Chinese Takeaway: Yoga Diplomacy

    The impressive participation around the world on International Yoga Day is indeed a testimony to India’s immense reservoir of soft power.

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
    Op-Ed Indian Express June 16, 2015
    The Great Game Folio: Iran Opportunity

    As Tehran and Washington inch towards a nuclear deal, there will be room for expansive engagement between India and Iran.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi
    Op-Ed Indian Express June 14, 2015
    China-Myanmar Reset: Suu Kyi in Beijing

    As Suu Kyi recasts the relations between Myanmar’s democratic forces and Beijing, Delhi can’t allow the security agenda dominate its ties with Naypyidaw.

  • Op-Ed Indian Express June 9, 2015
    Chinese Takeaway: Bengal’s Bay

    India’s inward economic orientation and preoccupation with the troubled land borders in the north and northwest has resulted in Delhi neglecting its maritime frontiers.

  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Op-Ed Indian Express June 5, 2015
    South Asia’s Berlin Walls

    By unveiling an expansive action plan in Dhaka for economic integration and transborder connectivity, Modi can help Delhi end the widespread negative narrative on the subcontinent’s prospects and extend the positive dynamic in the east to the north and the west.

  • Indian Submarine
    Op-Ed Indian Express June 2, 2015
    The Great Game Folio: Manohar Parrikar and Ashton B. Carter

    Manohar Parrikar and Ashton B. Carter are under pressure to cope with the challenges of the current fluid power dynamic in Asia.

  • Shangri La Dialogue
    Op-Ed Indian Express May 26, 2015
    Chinese Takeaway: Parrikar Missing

    The tone of disinterest in Asian defense diplomacy, set by former Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony during the UPA years, appears to continue under the Narendra Modi government.

  • May 26, 2015
    Modi’s First Year

    Is India getting back on track?

  • 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.

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