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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.

Deepening US-India Maritime Ties in Focus with Navy Chief Visit
May 15, 2019
Deepening US-India Maritime Ties in Focus with Navy Chief Visit
A recent interaction highlighted this aspect of relations between the two countries.
Deepening US-India Maritime Ties in Focus with Navy Chief Visit
India’s Space Program: The Commercial Domain
May 10, 2019
India’s Space Program: The Commercial Domain
The establishment of a new private institution has spotlighted New Delhi’s ongoing efforts to build out the commercial aspect of its space program.
India’s Space Program: The Commercial Domain
The Importance of Nepal’s First Satellite Launch
April 26, 2019
The Importance of Nepal’s First Satellite Launch
A closer look at the context behind a significant development for the country.
The Importance of Nepal’s First Satellite Launch
India’s Growing Iran Dilemma
April 25, 2019
India’s Growing Iran Dilemma
The Iran sanction waiver issue is just the latest manifestation of New Delhi’s rising challenge in managing ties with Tehran.
India’s Growing Iran Dilemma
Army Exercise Showcases Growing India-Singapore Defense Collaboration
April 17, 2019
Army Exercise Showcases Growing India-Singapore Defense Collaboration
A recent interaction highlights the burgeoning security ties between the two countries.
Army Exercise Showcases Growing India-Singapore Defense Collaboration
What Did India’s Foreign Secretary Achieve on His Trip to Russia?
April 12, 2019
What Did India’s Foreign Secretary Achieve on His Trip to Russia?
A closer look at a recent interaction between the two sides.  
What Did India’s Foreign Secretary Achieve on His Trip to Russia?
India’s Missile Test Spotlights Its Lingering Space Challenges
March 28, 2019
India’s Missile Test Spotlights Its Lingering Space Challenges
While a recent test is no doubt historic, New Delhi has much work left to do to address the challenges that remain.
India’s Missile Test Spotlights Its Lingering Space Challenges
India-Indonesia Naval Patrols Highlights Maritime Collaboration
March 22, 2019
India-Indonesia Naval Patrols Highlights Maritime Collaboration
A recent development was a reminder of efforts by both sides to forge greater cooperation in this realm.
India-Indonesia Naval Patrols Highlights Maritime Collaboration
China Shows its True Colors by Blocking India’s Terror Blacklist Bid Again
March 15, 2019
China Shows its True Colors by Blocking India’s Terror Blacklist Bid Again
Beijing’s move, though unsurprising, is not without significance.
China Shows its True Colors by Blocking India’s Terror Blacklist Bid Again
China Isn’t Hearing Asia’s Fears About Its Military Buildup
March 11, 2019
China Isn’t Hearing Asia’s Fears About Its Military Buildup
The response to the country’s new defense budget suggests that Beijing continues to be tone deaf to regional anxieties.  
China Isn’t Hearing Asia’s Fears About Its Military Buildup
India-Pakistan Crisis Exposes Modi’s Dilemma
February 28, 2019
India-Pakistan Crisis Exposes Modi’s Dilemma
The decision about whether to escalate or not is much more complex than it appears.
India-Pakistan Crisis Exposes Modi’s Dilemma
Prince Salman Tour Spotlights Saudi Arabia Variable in India-Pakistan-China Relations
February 28, 2019
Prince Salman Tour Spotlights Saudi Arabia Variable in India-Pakistan-China Relations
The voyage highlighted Riyadh’s role in the balance of ties between the three states and India’s continued concerns on that front.
Prince Salman Tour Spotlights Saudi Arabia Variable in India-Pakistan-China Relations
New Terror Attack Exposes India’s Limited Options
February 15, 2019
New Terror Attack Exposes India’s Limited Options
Despite the severity of the attack and the pressure for action, New Delhi’s choices are much more limited than they may initially appear.
New Terror Attack Exposes India’s Limited Options
Why India’s New Defense Budget Falls Short
February 09, 2019
Why India’s New Defense Budget Falls Short
The new budget does little to advance the very objectives the country has outlined for itself.
Why India’s New Defense Budget Falls Short
Pakistan’s Nasr Missile: ‘Cold Water’ Over India’s ‘Cold Start’?
January 31, 2019
Pakistan’s Nasr Missile: ‘Cold Water’ Over India’s ‘Cold Start’?
A closer look at the broader significance of the capability.
Pakistan’s Nasr Missile: ‘Cold Water’ Over India’s ‘Cold Start’?
Where Would India Fit in a Missile Defense Partnership in the Indo-Pacific?
January 24, 2019
Where Would India Fit in a Missile Defense Partnership in the Indo-Pacific?
A closer look at what the recently released U.S. Missile Defense Review means for New Delhi.
Where Would India Fit in a Missile Defense Partnership in the Indo-Pacific?
The Case for Outer Space Cooperation in South Asia
January 18, 2019
The Case for Outer Space Cooperation in South Asia
While the need is clear, realizing such cooperation will mean addressing several key challenges.
The Case for Outer Space Cooperation in South Asia
How Long Can India’s China Juggle Last?
January 16, 2019
How Long Can India’s China Juggle Last?
While New Delhi continues to walk a fine balance, its ability to sustain this approach remains to be seen.
How Long Can India’s China Juggle Last?
Will India’s Trump Fears Ease With the New US Asia Reassurance Initiative Act?
January 05, 2019
Will India’s Trump Fears Ease With the New US Asia Reassurance Initiative Act?
New Delhi will be hoping that Congress can continue to rein in Trump’s worst instincts.
Will India’s Trump Fears Ease With the New US Asia Reassurance Initiative Act?
Why India Fears Trump’s Emerging Afghanistan Approach
December 28, 2018
Why India Fears Trump’s Emerging Afghanistan Approach
A weaker American presence would only compound New Delhi’s existing Afghan conundrum.
Why India Fears Trump’s Emerging Afghanistan Approach
India’s Big Defense Acquisition Challenge
December 22, 2018
India’s Big Defense Acquisition Challenge
Occasional concerns about corrupt defense deals are merely the symptoms of broader structural issues that need to be addressed.
India’s Big Defense Acquisition Challenge
Is India Expecting Too Much From Its Strategic Partnership With Vietnam?
December 14, 2018
Is India Expecting Too Much From Its Strategic Partnership With Vietnam?
Despite growing strategic convergence, New Delhi should also be mindful of some of the limitations in the relationship.
Is India Expecting Too Much From Its Strategic Partnership With Vietnam?
Why the 2018 US-India Air Force Exercises Matter
December 11, 2018
Why the 2018 US-India Air Force Exercises Matter
The 'Cope India' military exercise holds broader significance for the bilateral relationship.
Why the 2018 US-India Air Force Exercises Matter
India and the Maldives: Back on Track?
November 30, 2018
India and the Maldives: Back on Track?
Recent changes have provided an opening for both sides to recalibrate ties.
India and the Maldives: Back on Track?
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