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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
November 26, 2022

India Engages Myanmar

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
What explains New Delhi’s greater engagement with the country's military government?

November 18, 2022

India, France Conclude Garuda Exercise 2022

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The strong strategic and political foundation as well as the trust between India and France provide for accelerated defense and security ties in the coming years.
November 11, 2022

Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar Goes to Russia

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
New Delhi’s relations with Moscow continue to be good, but the long-term prognosis is complicated, especially by China.

November 08, 2022

Sharif in China: How Are China-Pakistan Ties?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
For all the right statements and claims of the unbreakable, iron-clad relationship between Beijing and Islamabad, there was very little substance to Sharif’s trip.

November 01, 2022

Could Semiconductors Tip the India-Taiwan Scale? 

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
India is set to expand its economic ties with Taiwan significantly. 

October 21, 2022

India’s Mission DefSpace

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
What is most remarkable with Mission Defense Space is its goal to provide the private sector an opportunity to finally operate in India’s defense space sector. 
October 18, 2022

India and New Zealand Improve Ties with Jaishankar Visit

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The deepening of India-New Zealand after a lull in relations is important both in bilateral terms and also within the wider regional context.

October 11, 2022

India-Australia Ties: Assessing Jaishankar’s Australia Trip

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
India and Australia’s relationship has progressed remarkably, underscoring shared concerns in the Indo-Pacific.

October 03, 2022

At IAEA, India Supports AUKUS

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
At the International Atomic Energy Agency’s general conference last week, India backed AUKUS in the face of Russian and Chinese opposition.

September 27, 2022

What’s Next for the India-France-UAE Trilateral?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
India, France and the UAE, which share strategic interests in the Indo-Pacific, met for a ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly last week.

September 19, 2022

For India, a Complicated SCO Summit

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Across the SCO there is conflict at various levels that complicates India's engagement, from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to simmering Sino-Indian tensions.
September 12, 2022

India and Japan Hold 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue 

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The India-Japan engagement has been enhanced both on the bilateral front as well as in minilateral formats such as the Quad in recent years. 

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