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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
June 27, 2022

Australian Defense Minister’s India Trip: A Sign of Growing Defense Ties

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Canberra and New Delhi need to streamline their defense and security agenda on an accelerated pace in the face of pressure on both from Beijing.

June 17, 2022

China-India Relations: 2 Years After Galwan Clash

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The prevailing tension on the China-India border is a symptom of the broader strategic competition between the two Asian neighbors. 
June 11, 2022

India Faces a Diplomatic Storm in the Middle East

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
This episode illustrates the danger facing Indian foreign policy from domestic political developments, increasingly centered on religious conflict.

June 06, 2022

India-Vietnam Ties Deepen in Dynamic Indo-Pacific

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Given that the China threat looms large for both Vietnam and India, the bilateral relationship between New Delhi and Hanoi is likely to gain even greater traction.

May 31, 2022

The Problem With India’s Multiple Strategic Dalliances 

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Whether it is the Quad, BRICS or the SCO, India is the odd man out.

May 26, 2022

Quad Summit Indicates Growing Strength

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The latest Quad meeting underscored continued growth, but when will the four countries seriously confront the matter of direct security cooperation?
May 16, 2022

Strengthening the France-India Partnership

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
India and France, amid intensifying geopolitical trends in the Indo-Pacific region, are likely to build an even closer partnership.

May 07, 2022

China’s Xi Proposes Global Security Initiative

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Despite the hypocrisy and power politics at the foundation of the GSI, it would be foolish to dismiss it or assume that it will not garner support from other countries. 

March 18, 2022

The Many Unanswered Questions About India’s Missile Accident

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Thankfully the accidental firing of an Indian missile into Pakistani territory did not lead to escalation, but many questions remain unanswered about what happened.

March 10, 2022

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and India’s Complex Strategic Circumstances

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
In the two weeks since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, India’s strategic situation has become even more complicated.

March 05, 2022

Quad Meets Amid Russian Invasion of Ukraine

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
There are clear differences between India and the rest of the Quad, but it is also evident they are willing to work together to resolve those differences. 
February 25, 2022

Why Is the Indo-Pacific Important for Europe?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A proactive Europe is welcomed by many in the Indo-Pacific, a reality highlighted by a recent ministerial forum focused on cooperation in the region.

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