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Abhijnan Rej

Abhijnan Rej

Abhijnan Rej is Security & Defense Editor at The Diplomat and Director of Research at Diplomat Risk Intelligence.

His primary areas of interest are Southern Asian security, Indian defense and foreign policies, emerging technologies and military strategy.

Rej’s work has appeared in The Washington Quarterly, the US Army War College’s online journal War RoomWar on the Rocks, the Lowy Institute’s InterpreterNational Interest (online), Global Policy (online), Wired (online), Journal of Physics: A, and Contemporary Mathematics, along with numerous think-tank occasional papers, policy briefs, and book chapters. He was previously Senior Fellow, Strategic Studies, at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Rej also has significant work experience as a quantitative researcher in academia and the corporate sector.

He has written for virtually all major Indian English-language media outlets, and has been quoted by the Economist, Reuters, Voice of America, CNBC, The Nation, The Australian, China Global Television Network, and Dawn, among others.

Twitter: @AbhijnanRej

Posts by Abhijnan Rej
July 01, 2021

Ashok Desai on the 1991 Economic Reforms in India

By Abhijnan Rej
“There may be claims of reformers having been [there] in pre-Narasimha Rao governments, but if there were any, they hid themselves very well.”

June 21, 2021

India’s Economy and the Pandemic: Key Risks

By Puja Mehra, Prachi Priya, and Abhijnan Rej
A new DRI report presents a comprehensive examination of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Indian economy. An excerpt.
June 08, 2021

Former Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on the Tiananmen Square Massacre

By Abhijnan Rej
“For a brief moment in time there was a spirit of openness and questioning, and I saw a side of the Chinese people that I have had no occasion to see again.”

May 26, 2021

Facebook Publishes New Influence Operations Report

By Abhijnan Rej
The report observes that between 2017 and mid-2021, more than 150 influence operations networks on its platform attempted to target both foreign and domestic audiences.

April 29, 2021

China Launches Core Space Station Module

By Abhijnan Rej
The country expects to complete construction of its space station, called Tiangong, next year.

April 28, 2021

US Aids India’s Vaccine Efforts – Cleverly

By Abhijnan Rej
Following a week of outrage, the U.S. stepped up its game in helping India beat a disastrous second COVID-19 wave. But questions persist about how it seeks to do so.
April 13, 2021

French Joint Commander for Asia-Pacific Outlines Paris’ Indo-Pacific Defense Plans

By Abhijnan Rej
“In a strategic context focused on the growing competition between the U.S. and China, France could be a credible alternative for many countries in Southeast Asia,” says Rear Admiral Jean-Mathieu Rey.

April 08, 2021

US Destroyer Carries Out FONOP in Indian EEZ

By Abhijnan Rej
The move to publicly challenge India’s “excessive maritime claims” is sure to irk New Delhi privately.

April 06, 2021

United States’ DARPA Announces New ‘Quantum Benchmarking’ Program

By Abhijnan Rej
The new program will aid in better allocation of research dollars to new quantum computing initiatives both inside and outside the government.

April 06, 2021

US Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Back in South China Sea

By Abhijnan Rej
This is the second time this year the strike group has entered the contentious body of water.

April 05, 2021

France-led Multination Naval Exercise Commences in Eastern Indian Ocean

By Abhijnan Rej
The exercise will also see all four Quad nations participating amid further deepening of bilateral defense ties within the grouping.
April 05, 2021

Russian Foreign Minister Set to Arrive in New Delhi Amid Regional Turmoil

By Abhijnan Rej
Moscow is now a major player both in India’s west and east, compounding the country’s Russia dilemma.

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