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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
September 23, 2021

Does AUKUS Augment or Diminish the Quad?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
AUKUS fits into a growing network of minilaterials crisscrossing the Indo-Pacific and rooted in shared strategic interests.

September 16, 2021

Australia-India 2+2 Dialogue: Converging Interests

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
New Delhi and Canberra have had to bear the brunt of increasingly belligerent Chinese behavior in the Indo-Pacific, pushing their bilateral relationship to new heights.
September 09, 2021

India’s Military Outreach: Military Logistics Agreements

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
China’s increasing activities in the Indo-Pacific have motivated India to embrace military logistics agreements with a wide variety of partners.

September 03, 2021

India-France Agree on Space Security Dialogue

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
India has held such dialogues with the U.S. and Japan in the past.

August 27, 2021

The Quad Conducts Malabar Naval Exercise 

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Australia is back for the second year in a row, underscoring the Quad’s deepening commitment to cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

August 19, 2021

Colombo Security Conclave: A New Minilateral for the Indian Ocean?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
India’s sees subregional engagement, like the expanding Colombo Security Conclave, as critical for securing its strategic interests.
August 13, 2021

Implications of the Evolving Situation in Afghanistan

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate.

August 06, 2021

Zapad/Interaction Military Exercise 2021: Growing China-Russia Bonhomie?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
In the face of isolation from the West, Russia feels that it has no choice but buttress this strategic partnership with China.

July 30, 2021

Blinken’s India Visit Goes Off Smoothly

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Despite concerns that the Biden administration’s focus on human rights and democracy would entail sharp criticism of New Delhi, Blinken’s visit highlighted the many areas of bilateral synergy.

July 22, 2021

Russia Tests Hypersonic Zircon Missile

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Growing geopolitical rivalries will continue to drive the development of hypersonic and other lethal weapons systems.

July 16, 2021

China-India Foreign Ministers Meet in Dushanbe 

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
If the Indian press statements are a signal to China, the message is clear: India is angry. 
July 09, 2021

The China-Pakistan Partnership Continues to Deepen 

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The already deep Sino-Pakistani military and strategic relationship is set to deepen further for myriad reasons.

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