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Abhijnan Rej

Abhijnan Rej

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

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.

Posts by Abhijnan Rej
November 07, 2019

Rejecting RCEP: India’s Great Geoeconomic Misstep

By Abhijnan Rej
Rejecting the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is a colossal mistake for New Delhi.

August 06, 2019

Modi-fying Kashmir: Unpacking India’s Historic Decision to Revoke Kashmir’s Autonomy

By Abhijnan Rej
What are the likely short- and long-term effects of the Modi government’s decision?
July 25, 2019

Why New Delhi Will Be Left Unfazed By China’s New Defense White Paper

By Abhijnan Rej
For India, China’s latest defense white paper is unlikely to shock and surprise.

July 01, 2019

India’s Unrealized Maritime Dreams

By Abhijnan Rej
The grand story of Indian defense policy has always been that of a mismatch between aspiration and capabilities.

June 26, 2019

Modi 2.0’s China Outreach: Interpreting the Early Signs

By Abhijnan Rej
Few observers in India picked up on the probable significance of Li Xi’s visit to the country.

June 04, 2019

The India-France Security Partnership in the Indo-Pacific: Next Steps

By Abhijnan Rej
The India-France security relationship has space left to grow.
May 24, 2019

Narendra Modi’s 2019 Landslide: Why It Happened and What Happens Next

By Abhijnan Rej
Modi’s chest-thumping over Pakistan paid off.

May 16, 2019

Narendra Modi’s Radar Gaffe Reveals Dangerous, Clouded National Security Judgement

By Abhijnan Rej
The Indian prime minister’s recent “radar” gaffe is revealing of his leadership tendencies.

May 02, 2019

Why Did China Change Its Position Now on Listing JeM Chief Masood Azhar at the Security Council?

By Abhijnan Rej
India celebrates a diplomatic victory as China comes around on Azhar, but what happens next?

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