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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
June 17, 2021

Are Nuclear Weapons Gaining New Salience in National Security Strategies?  

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Nuclear states are clearly planning for the long-term future of their nuclear capabilities.

June 11, 2021

India’s Submarine Saga

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
New Delhi approved a proposal to purchase six conventional submarines, but given past delays it’s not clear that India’s naval woes will dissipate anytime soon.
June 07, 2021

The Artemis Accords and Global Lunar Governance 

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
It would be useful to have spacefaring powers agree upon and comply with a common set of principles.

May 28, 2021

China’s PLA Upgrades Its Forces Along Disputed Border With India

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Despite continuing talks between India and China, military preparations clearly are continuing, too.

May 20, 2021

China’s Tianwen-1 Lands Rover on Mars

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A significant technological feat for China, Beijing’s accomplishment is also a reminder of the revved-up space competition among the major space powers. 

May 13, 2021

India-France Naval Exercise: Growing Strategic Synergy

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
France has emerged as one of India’s closest strategic partners and the relationship is likely to bloom further in the coming years. 
May 07, 2021

China in Sri Lanka: The Colombo Port Conundrum

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Sri Lanka’s Parliament postponed discussion of a bill regarding Colombo Port City, but it is expected to pass.

April 30, 2021

UK Deploys Aircraft Carrier in the Indian Ocean

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The upcoming “global deployment” is intended to reinforce the U.K.’s tilt toward the Indo-Pacific region.

April 23, 2021

Insider Threats and Nuclear Security During a Pandemic

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Insider threats targeting nuclear plants have always been a concern. A stressful pandemic exacerbates those existing risks.

April 16, 2021

Fresh Calls for Space Security Governance Measures Unlikely to Yield Results

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Progress will probably require developing small, technical agreements given that big, all-encompassing agreements have proven too difficult under current international circumstances.

April 09, 2021

Did Lavrov’s India Trip Reset India-Russia Ties?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Despite public display of affection, all is not well in the India-Russia relationship.
April 01, 2021

Suh Wook’s India Trip: Boost to India-South Korea Defense Ties

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Defense relations between India and South Korea are deepening. 

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