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Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Dr. Rajeswari (Raji) Pillai Rajagopalan is the Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy & Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. 

Dr. Rajagopalan was the Technical Advisor to the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Prevention of Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) (July 2018-July 2019). She was also a Non-Resident Indo-Pacific Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre from April-December 2020. As a senior Asia defense writer for The Diplomat, she writes a weekly column on Asian strategic issues.  

Dr. Rajagopalan joined ORF after a five-year stint at the National Security Council Secretariat (2003-2007), Government of India, where she was an Assistant Director. Prior to joining the NSCS, she was Research Officer at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.  She was also a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Politics, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan in 2012.  

Dr. Rajagopalan has authored or edited nine books including Global Nuclear Security: Moving Beyond the NSS (2018), Space Policy 2.0 (2017), Nuclear Security in India (2015), Clashing Titans: Military Strategy and Insecurity among Asian Great Powers (2012), The Dragon’s Fire: Chinese Military Strategy and Its Implications for Asia (2009).  She has published research essays in edited volumes, and in peer reviewed journals such as India Review, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Air and Space Power Journal, International Journal of Nuclear Law and Strategic Analysis.  She has also contributed essays to newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Times of India, and The Economic Times.  She has been invited to speak at international fora including the United Nations Disarmament Forum (New York), the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) (Vienna), Conference on Disarmament (Geneva), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the European Union.  

Dr. Rajagopalan tweets @raji143.

Posts by Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
March 28, 2023

Xi-Putin Meeting: Deepening Ties or a Necessary Bond?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Despite the visit, what Russia and China will be willing to do for each other beyond diplomatic comfort remains to be seen.

March 22, 2023

Kishida’s India Trip: A Reiteration of Strong India-Japan Ties

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
India and Japan’s shared concerns about China are a key driver of their growing relationship. 
March 13, 2023

Albanese in India: A Reflection of Growing India-Australia Ties

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The visit demonstrated the diversified and comprehensive nature of the India-Australia partnership. 

March 08, 2023

Hard Security Back in Focus at the Quad Foreign Ministers Meet

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
It is relatively easy to establish coalitions to work on non-traditional security issues, but nurturing a group to focus on security issues as the core is not easy, especially for countries like India.

February 27, 2023

Russia Suspends Its START Participation

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The future of strategic arms control faces a host of problems, from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s growing nuclear forces to the challenging geopolitical landscape.

February 22, 2023

Indian Foreign Minister Visits Australia Amid Deepening Relations

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
There is a lot riding on the relationship for both New Delhi and Canberra given that both have a inherent interest in balancing China and ensuring a stable Indo-Pacific strategic order.
February 15, 2023

France-India-UAE Trilateral: India’s Minilateral Engagements Ticks Up

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The trilateral partnership has the potential to emerge as an action-oriented minilateral in the broader Indo-Pacific.

February 07, 2023

The Chinese Spy Balloon Incident: An Urgent Need for Communication

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
There is an urgent need for standard operating procedures and open communication, especially when it comes to technology and space.

February 04, 2023

iCET: Strengthening the India-US Tech Agenda

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The U.S.-India strategic relationship looks to be set on firm footing, with both sides keen to materialize deeper collaboration across defense and critical and emerging technologies.

January 23, 2023

Is South Korea Considering Nuclear Weapons? 

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Whether South Korea builds a nuclear bomb on its own or not, nuclear weapons are gaining greater importance in the national security thinking of many states in the Indo-Pacific. 

January 14, 2023

Beyond the Quad: Booming Security Cooperation Efforts in the Indo-Pacific

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
New defense and security cooperation efforts are springing up across the Indo-Pacific, between some Quad members and those outside the grouping.
January 10, 2023

Veer Guardian 2023: Maiden India-Japan Air Exercise to Begin

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The China factor has steadied the two nations' strategic partnership, despite their differences of opinion on other matters.

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