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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
January 14, 2022

No Progress in China-India Military Talks

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A 14th round of military talks ended with a joint statement but no real progress.

January 07, 2022

Reports: India Launches 3rd Arihant Submarine

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The naval arm of the nuclear triad is especially significant for India given its no-first use (NFU) nuclear posture.
December 29, 2021

India’s Foreign Secretary Visits Post-Coup Myanmar

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Given the geopolitical and security interests, India cannot afford to ignore or isolate Myanmar.

December 23, 2021

France in the Indo-Pacific: French, Indian Defense Ministers Meet for 3rd Annual Dialogue

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
France has continued to remain one of India’s trusted strategic partners, with cooperation extending across many issues.

December 18, 2021

Private Players Present New Complications for Space Governance

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Private companies bring some benefits to space developments, but also add to governance challenges.

December 14, 2021

Why Did Russian President Putin Visit India?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Contradictions in the India-Russia relationship, rooted in China and the Quad, will be difficult to overcome in the long term.
December 03, 2021

Sino-Indian Competition in South Asia: Another Round

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
In the ongoing contest between China and India for influence, New Delhi has made some gains in the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

November 25, 2021

S-400s, CAATSA Complicate India-US Ties

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
It is not yet clear how the U.S. will respond to India’s receipt of Russia-made S-400 air defense systems. 

November 19, 2021

Russian ASAT Test Highlights Urgent Need for Space Governance Negotiations

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The absence of earnest multilateral discussions could send more states down the path of space weaponization, making access to space increasingly tricky.

November 12, 2021

Did China Create New Facts on the Ground Along the LAC With India?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Sometime in 2020, China began building a village in territory disputed with India.

November 04, 2021

Space Security Governance: Could a New Working Group Narrow the Divide?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
There are genuine concerns that if steps are not taken to halt the current trend toward space weaponization, space could become an active warfighting domain.
October 30, 2021

Taking India’s Cost-Effective Space Launches To the Next Level

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
With the importance of space access growing, there is a clear recognition that both the public and private sector are critical to advancement.

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