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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
October 17, 2019

Xi’s Visit Exposes the Limits of China-Nepal Strategic Convergence

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Despite the interests both sides have for better ties, there are real limits and challenges to this.

October 10, 2019

Behind the Second Modi-Xi Informal Summit, the Wuhan Spirit Is Fraying

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The state of the bilateral relationship has gotten rockier since the two leaders last met.
October 04, 2019

The Trouble with India’s Slow Naval Buildup

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Though India is trying hard to enhance its naval capabilities, it continues to be slow work.

September 26, 2019

Vietnam Confronts China, Alone

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Hanoi has not found as much support as it hoped for despite its bold confrontation of Beijing in the South China Sea.

September 20, 2019

India and Australia Defense Relations: Towards a Common Vision of an Open Indo-Pacific Region?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Despite differences that remain, there is clear evidence of growing strategic convergence by both countries in the security realm.

September 13, 2019

Growing India-South Korea Strategic Synergy: The Defense Domain

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The two countries are moving closer in the security domain.
September 06, 2019

What’s Next for India-Japan Defense Relations?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
While the impetus for closer alignment is clear, much work remains to be done on the security side and within the wider bilateral relationship.

September 03, 2019

A New India-France Alliance?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
While talk of an alliance may be premature, there is clearly an increasing convergence of interests between the two strategic partners.

August 27, 2019

How Will Recent Tensions Impact India’s Tsentr 2019 Participation?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
New Delhi’s expected involvement amid recent tensions with some other participants will make for interesting dynamics.

August 19, 2019

Sino-Indian Relations: Wuhan Spirit Under Growing Strain

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The already tenuous effort by both sides to manage their ties has been further complicated by contemporary developments.

August 09, 2019

Managing the AfPak Challenge in US-India Relations

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Both sides need to carefully manage this issue to avoid damaging the wider relationship.
August 01, 2019

Will the End of the INF Treaty Start an Arms Race?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The end of INF will have strategic implications well beyond Russia and the United States.

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