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Abhijnan Rej

Abhijnan Rej

Abhijnan Rej is an independent New Delhi-based security analyst, researcher, and consultant.

Rej’s professional interests span geopolitics and international security. On the geopolitical side, he works on Indian foreign policy and grand strategy, great-power politics, and emerging powers in the international order. On the strategic front, Rej works on Indian national security problems related to China, Pakistan, and the Indo-Pacific, conventional and nuclear deterrence, and Indian defence policy. He is currently co-authoring a book on the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific, as well as developing a long-term research agenda around the fundamental sciences, emerging technologies, and defence strategy.

Rej was previously Senior Fellow, Strategic Studies, at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He also has significant work experience as a quantitative researcher in academia and the corporate sector. He has published in The Washington Quarterly, War Room, War on the Rocks, The Interpreter, The National Interest (online), and Global Policy (online) along with more than a dozen occasional papers, briefs, reports, and book chapters. Rej 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.

Modi-fying Kashmir: Unpacking India’s Historic Decision to Revoke Kashmir’s Autonomy
August 06, 2019
Modi-fying Kashmir: Unpacking India’s Historic Decision to Revoke Kashmir’s Autonomy
What are the likely short- and long-term effects of the Modi government’s decision?
Modi-fying Kashmir: Unpacking India’s Historic Decision to Revoke Kashmir’s Autonomy
Why New Delhi Will Be Left Unfazed By China’s New Defense White Paper
July 25, 2019
Why New Delhi Will Be Left Unfazed By China’s New Defense White Paper
For India, China’s latest defense white paper is unlikely to shock and surprise.
Why New Delhi Will Be Left Unfazed By China’s New Defense White Paper
India’s Unrealized Maritime Dreams
July 01, 2019
India’s Unrealized Maritime Dreams
The grand story of Indian defense policy has always been that of a mismatch between aspiration and capabilities.
India’s Unrealized Maritime Dreams
Modi 2.0’s China Outreach: Interpreting the Early Signs
June 26, 2019
Modi 2.0’s China Outreach: Interpreting the Early Signs
Few observers in India picked up on the probable significance of Li Xi’s visit to the country.
Modi 2.0’s China Outreach: Interpreting the Early Signs
The India-France Security Partnership in the Indo-Pacific: Next Steps
June 04, 2019
The India-France Security Partnership in the Indo-Pacific: Next Steps
The India-France security relationship has space left to grow.
The India-France Security Partnership in the Indo-Pacific: Next Steps
Narendra Modi’s 2019 Landslide: Why It Happened and What Happens Next
May 24, 2019
Narendra Modi’s 2019 Landslide: Why It Happened and What Happens Next
Modi’s chest-thumping over Pakistan paid off.
Narendra Modi’s 2019 Landslide: Why It Happened and What Happens Next
Narendra Modi’s Radar Gaffe Reveals Dangerous, Clouded National Security Judgement
May 16, 2019
Narendra Modi’s Radar Gaffe Reveals Dangerous, Clouded National Security Judgement
The Indian prime minister’s recent “radar” gaffe is revealing of his leadership tendencies.
Narendra Modi’s Radar Gaffe Reveals Dangerous, Clouded National Security Judgement
Why Did China Change Its Position Now on Listing JeM Chief Masood Azhar at the Security Council?
May 02, 2019
Why Did China Change Its Position Now on Listing JeM Chief Masood Azhar at the Security Council?
India celebrates a diplomatic victory as China comes around on Azhar, but what happens next?
Why Did China Change Its Position Now on Listing JeM Chief Masood Azhar at the Security Council?
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