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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
December 06, 2019

What Does the New Counterterrorism Exercise Mean for the Quad?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The recent development again put the minilateral arrangement in the headlines.

November 29, 2019

2+2 Dialogue Will Further Cement India-Japan Strategic Relations

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The dialogue has wider strategic implications beyond the bilateral relationship itself.
November 27, 2019

What Will Rajapaksa’s Return Mean for India-Sri Lanka Relations?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A closer look at what Sri Lanka’s recent election results may mean for ties between New Delhi and Colombo.

November 15, 2019

Tiger Triumph: US-India Military Relations Get More Complex

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A new exercise has reinforced the trend of deepening defense collaboration between the two sides.

November 08, 2019

India Must Look Beyond ASEAN in Regional Security

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
In recognition of ASEAN’s limitations, New Delhi must also continue to strengthen its ties with other institutions, frameworks, and countries as well.

November 01, 2019

What Does ASEAN’s Evolving Approach to the South China Sea Issue Mean for Vietnam?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Though the regional grouping continues to have difficulties on the issue, it nonetheless remains important to Hanoi’s calculations.
October 25, 2019

Russia-China Strategic Alliance Gets a New Boost with Missile Early Warning System

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The development is the latest indicator that the bilateral relationship is getting stronger.

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.

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