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Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan is Distinguished Fellow and Head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), one of India’s leading think tanks.

Previously, she held stints at the National Security Council Secretariat, where she was an assistant director, and the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses New Delhi, where she was a research officer.

She is the author of four books, and her research articles have been published extensively in edited volumes, peer-reviewed journals, and newspapers internationally. She has also lectured in Indian military and policy institutions and has been invited to speak in various regional and international fora.

Posts by Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
April 02, 2020

How Is COVID-19 Reshaping China-India Relations?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The global pandemic has hit amid the 70th anniversary mark for relations and affected perceptions and realities in ties.  

March 26, 2020

What’s Behind the Rising India-France Maritime Activity in the Indo-Pacific?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A recent engagement spotlighted the broader strategic collaboration between the two countries in this realm.
March 23, 2020

Confronting India’s Nuclear Regulation Challenge

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
New Delhi needs to pay more attention to this aspect of its nuclear policy.

March 17, 2020

Growing Russia-India-China Tensions: Splits in the RIC Strategic Triangle?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
There are growing tensions in New Delhi’s engagement within this arrangement and its other alignments.

March 06, 2020

The Rising Domestic Danger to India’s Foreign Policy Under Modi

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Whether New Delhi likes it or not, it is becoming increasingly clear that domestic issues are affecting ties with its neighbors and partners and that the costs of this are increasing.

March 03, 2020

Why China’s Growing Military Might in Tibet Should Worry India

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The rising tempo of Chinese deployments in Tibet should be of concern to New Delhi.
February 24, 2020

Sino-Indian Competition in Myanmar in the Spotlight With Indian Navy Chief Visit

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The naval visit last week again focused attention on the role of India and China in the Southeast Asian state, even though New Delhi’s weakness lies more in non-security realms.

February 13, 2020

Beyond Rajapaksa’s Visit, Are India and Sri Lanka Really on the Same Page?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
While the trip offered a chance to build on cooperation, it also reinforced existing differences between the two countries.

February 06, 2020

India’s New Defense Budget: Another Year, Another Disappointment?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The new numbers highlight New Delhi’s continued challenge of investing in its much-needed military modernization.

January 31, 2020

Will India Now Finally Invite Australia to the Malabar Exercise?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
New reports have surfaced regarding a previously headline-grabbing, controversial development.

January 28, 2020

Sri Lanka’s Role in Sino-Indian Competition in South Asia

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The country continues to be a prime area of competition for both Asian powers in the South Asia region.
January 22, 2020

What Does Xi’s Myanmar Visit Mean for India’s China Anxieties?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The trip produced a mixed outlook for New Delhi’s perceptions of Beijing’s inroads in the wider Indo-Pacific.

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