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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.

Posts by Abhijnan Rej
March 02, 2021

Pentagon Officials Sketch Hypersonic Strategy

By Abhijnan Rej
Though the United States has enthusiastically jumped on the hypersonics bandwagon, key questions about the capability remain.

March 01, 2021

China Targeted India’s Power Grid, New Report Says

By Abhijnan Rej
Recorded Future, a private intelligence firm, claims that a Chinese state-backed entity systematically targeted multiple load dispatch points to strategic ends.
March 01, 2021

D.S. Hooda on the Lasting Impact of China-India Ladakh Standoff

By Abhijnan Rej
A former Indian Army commander discusses the key lessons he has drawn from the Ladakh standoff.

February 25, 2021

India and Pakistan Announce Ceasefire Across Disputed Border

By Abhijnan Rej
The sudden announcement comes weeks after Chinese and Indian forces began their military disengagement in eastern Ladakh.

February 24, 2021

China and India Declare Ladakh Victory – On Traditional and Social Media

By Abhijnan Rej
As the ten-month long standoff in Ladakh inches toward resolution, both sides are eager to score domestic points.

February 20, 2021

China Confirms Deaths in Galwan Clash with India

By Abhijnan Rej
A PLA Daily article noted that two officers and three soldiers have received military honors for their performance during the June 15 clash – four of them posthumously.
February 18, 2021

Iranian and Russian Navies Exercise in Northern Indian Ocean

By Abhijnan Rej
While Moscow and Tehran continue to publicly signal their growing convergence, there is more to the relationship than what meets the eye.

February 17, 2021

India’s Foreign Secretary in Russia to Keep Marriage of Necessity on Track

By Abhijnan Rej
Beyond flowery rhetoric and arms deals, New Delhi has extremely valid reasons to keep relations with Moscow on an even keel.

February 13, 2021

ICBM Commander Makes Case for US Nuke Modernization

By Abhijnan Rej
The Biden administration is highly unlikely to continue with Trump’s maximalist nuclear modernization plans.

February 13, 2021

US Defense Department to Create Big Picture China Task Force

By Abhijnan Rej
The move comes amid a visible push by the Biden administration to meet the China challenge.

February 12, 2021

Indian Defense Minister Outlines Ladakh Disengagement Plan

By Abhijnan Rej
Rajnath Singh’s speech at the upper house of the Indian parliament described a plan to create a buffer zone in the north bank of Pangong Lake.
February 11, 2021

India and the Quad: 3 Wildcards

By Abhijnan Rej
While New Delhi remains committed to the grouping as of now, the future could bring unpleasant surprises.

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