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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.

Sino-Indian Relations: Wuhan Spirit Under Growing Strain
August 19, 2019
Sino-Indian Relations: Wuhan Spirit Under Growing Strain
The already tenuous effort by both sides to manage their ties has been further complicated by contemporary developments.
Sino-Indian Relations: Wuhan Spirit Under Growing Strain
Managing the AfPak Challenge in US-India Relations
August 09, 2019
Managing the AfPak Challenge in US-India Relations
Both sides need to carefully manage this issue to avoid damaging the wider relationship.
Managing the AfPak Challenge in US-India Relations
Will the End of the INF Treaty Start an Arms Race?
August 01, 2019
Will the End of the INF Treaty Start an Arms Race?
The end of INF will have strategic implications well beyond Russia and the United States.
Will the End of the INF Treaty Start an Arms Race?
What Does Trump’s Kashmir Storm Mean for US-India Relations?
July 26, 2019
What Does Trump’s Kashmir Storm Mean for US-India Relations?
While the controversy risked being added to the list of issues both sides are having, thus far the fallout has been managed relatively well.
What Does Trump’s Kashmir Storm Mean for US-India Relations?
Imran Khan Goes to Washington: What’s on the Agenda for US-Pakistan Security Relations?
July 19, 2019
Imran Khan Goes to Washington: What’s on the Agenda for US-Pakistan Security Relations?
A closer look at some of the security-related agenda items for the upcoming development and how they could impact bilateral ties.
Imran Khan Goes to Washington: What’s on the Agenda for US-Pakistan Security Relations?
Sri Lanka: A Center for Sino-Indian Strategic Competition
July 11, 2019
Sri Lanka: A Center for Sino-Indian Strategic Competition
The delivery of a Chinese frigate to the South Asian nation reinforces its role within competition between the two Asian giants.
Sri Lanka: A Center for Sino-Indian Strategic Competition
Russia-India-China Trilateral Grouping: More Than Hype?
July 05, 2019
Russia-India-China Trilateral Grouping: More Than Hype?
A closer look at the development of the mechanism and the drivers behind it.
Russia-India-China Trilateral Grouping: More Than Hype?
Managing New Actors in the Space Domain
June 29, 2019
Managing New Actors in the Space Domain
New entrants in the Indo-Pacific offer both opportunities and challenges for the outer space realm.
Managing New Actors in the Space Domain
India Must Keep Its Eye on the China Challenge in Modi’s Second Term
June 20, 2019
India Must Keep Its Eye on the China Challenge in Modi’s Second Term
In Modi's second term, India needs to be pragmatic and cleareyed about the challenge that Beijing poses for its interests.
India Must Keep Its Eye on the China Challenge in Modi’s Second Term
A First: India to Launch First Simulated Space Warfare Exercise
June 12, 2019
A First: India to Launch First Simulated Space Warfare Exercise
Reports of a tabletop wargame speak to India’s ongoing efforts to develop its space policy.
A First: India to Launch First Simulated Space Warfare Exercise
What Does the New 2+2 Dialogue Mean for the India-Japan Relationship?
June 08, 2019
What Does the New 2+2 Dialogue Mean for the India-Japan Relationship?
The new mechanism holds significance not only within bilateral ties, but for Indian foreign policy and the region more generally.
What Does the New 2+2 Dialogue Mean for the India-Japan Relationship?
What Does the Rise of Asia’s Space Forces Mean?
June 04, 2019
What Does the Rise of Asia’s Space Forces Mean?
Careful attention needs to be paid to properly understanding the implications of this development.
What Does the Rise of Asia’s Space Forces Mean?
Managing Nuclear Risks: The Emerging Technologies Challenge
May 24, 2019
Managing Nuclear Risks: The Emerging Technologies Challenge
The impact of technological changes on nuclear risks needs to be addressed much more directly.
Managing Nuclear Risks: The Emerging Technologies Challenge
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
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