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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
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.
January 10, 2020

China-Pakistan Naval Drills: More Than Just Symbolism

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Beyond symbolism, the substance behind the latest iteration of exercises between the two countries also deserves emphasis.

January 04, 2020

India’s Self-Inflicted Foreign Policy Challenges in 2020

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
While the Modi government secured some notable gains during its time in office thus far, challenges lie ahead this year and beyond.

January 01, 2020

Is the Washington Consensus on US-India Relations Fraying?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Recent developments have raised questions about the future of bipartisan support for U.S.-India relations.

December 26, 2019

China’s Second Aircraft Carrier: A Sign of PLA Naval Muscle?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A closer look at the significance of the development for China’s military and its security thinking.
December 23, 2019

What’s in the Growing Russia-China-Iran Trilateral Convergence?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Potential security engagements among the three have spotlighted their increasing convergence.

December 06, 2019

What Does the New Counterterrorism Exercise Mean for the Quad?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The recent development again put the minilateral arrangement in the headlines.

November 29, 2019

2+2 Dialogue Will Further Cement India-Japan Strategic Relations

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The dialogue has wider strategic implications beyond the bilateral relationship itself.

November 27, 2019

What Will Rajapaksa’s Return Mean for India-Sri Lanka Relations?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A closer look at what Sri Lanka’s recent election results may mean for ties between New Delhi and Colombo.

November 15, 2019

Tiger Triumph: US-India Military Relations Get More Complex

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A new exercise has reinforced the trend of deepening defense collaboration between the two sides.
November 08, 2019

India Must Look Beyond ASEAN in Regional Security

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
In recognition of ASEAN’s limitations, New Delhi must also continue to strengthen its ties with other institutions, frameworks, and countries as well.

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