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Abhijnan Rej

Abhijnan Rej

Abhijnan Rej is Security & Defense Editor at The Diplomat.

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
September 18, 2020

US Congressman ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Ongoing India-China Crisis

By Abhijnan Rej
The United States and India are in touch about the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh.

September 18, 2020

US Defense Secretary’s Recent Speech: Familiar Themes and Unfamiliar Problems

By Abhijnan Rej
The Trump administration’s strategy for the Indo-Pacific could end up working in unpredictable ways for the U.S.
September 17, 2020

Pakistani Parliamentarian Introduces Legislation That Would Punish Criticism of the Military

By Abhijnan Rej
The latest move by a PTI member once again suggests that the Khan government is doing the powerful army’s bidding in Pakistan.

September 17, 2020

The Map Is Not the Territory. Or Is It?

By Abhijnan Rej
The recent kerfuffle over a new political map of Pakistan at the SCO national security advisers’ meeting must be seen in its proper context.

September 16, 2020

US and India Hold Defense Technology Cooperation Meeting Amid Diminished Expectations

By Abhijnan Rej
American export-control laws and India’s tight defense budget have together implied more modest future goals for the DTTI.

September 15, 2020

Indian Defense Minister Blames China for Ongoing Crisis, Suggesting India’s Military Option Remains Open

By Abhijnan Rej
Rajnath Singh’s statement before the Indian Parliament stood out for its blunt tone.
September 15, 2020

India Welcomes US-Maldives Defense Cooperation Agreement in a Sign of Times

By Abhijnan Rej
New Delhi’s growing willingness to work with external actors in the Indian Ocean could also create inadvertent complications.

September 14, 2020

No Exit From India’s Afghanistan Dilemma?

By Abhijnan Rej
As intra-Afghan talks start in Doha, India is left without a good hand to play vis-à-vis the Taliban.

September 14, 2020

China Has Built a Massive Global Database for Hybrid Warfare, International Media Reports

By Abhijnan Rej
The revelations that Chinese tech firm Zhenhua has built a database of 2.4 million individuals for intelligence operations are significant though unsurprising.

September 12, 2020

India and Japan Sign Military Logistics Agreement for All to See

By Abhijnan Rej
The publicly available Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement demystifies military logistics agreements for many in India.

September 11, 2020

Indian and Chinese Foreign Ministers Fail to Achieve Breakthrough in Ladakh Crisis

By Abhijnan Rej
The joint statement after the Moscow meeting on September 10 shows modest positive gains for India.
September 11, 2020

US Wing of India’s BJP Registers as a ‘Foreign Agent’

By Abhijnan Rej
In the recent years, India’s ruling party has aggressively used the diaspora to promote Modi’s often-controversial policies.

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