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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
July 09, 2020

Calls for India to Play the Taiwan Card Grow Louder

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
As tensions simmer between New Delhi and Beijing, some have called for India to focus on developing stronger relations with Taiwan.

July 03, 2020

Darkening Mood in Delhi Over China

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Opinions in New Delhi are hardening, even among sections of elite opinion-makers who are not seen as hyper-nationalists.
June 25, 2020

The Sino-Indian Clash: Russia in the Middle

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The Sino-Indian clash puts Russia in an awkward position.

June 18, 2020

The Galwan Valley India-China Skirmish Is a Gamechanger for New Delhi

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
This time around, it is probably fair to say that no “Wuhan spirit” can salvage bilateral relations.

June 11, 2020

US Returns to Human Spaceflight

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The growing private space sector is beginning to create new energy and excitement about space.

June 05, 2020

India Expands Diplomatic Efforts Amid Border Standoff With China

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
New Delhi has been sending Beijing signals via its diplomatic interactions with the U.S., Taiwan, and Australia in recent weeks.
May 29, 2020

Implications of the US Withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
It is difficult to say what the future of arms control might be given the increasingly contentious nature of major power relations.

May 21, 2020

It Is Time for Space Governance Talks

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The window of opportunity for such talks is shrinking, and delay could see space emerge as an active domain for conflict.

May 14, 2020

India’s Defense Chief Opposes Aircraft Carrier Plans

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
CDS General Bipin Rawat reiterated doubts about acquiring a third carrier in a recent interview.

May 07, 2020

Amid COVID–19, India’s Modi and Australia’s Morrison Plan Virtual Prime Ministerial Summit

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The Indian and Australian leaders are expected to “meet” virtually soon. There’s no shortage of important topics to cover, especially related to China.

May 01, 2020

India-Russia Defense Ties Amid COVID-19

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Despite kind words, cooperation, and defense ties, there are longer term difficulties in the India-Russia relationship that are unlikely to be easy to resolve. 
April 23, 2020

Iran Successfully Launches Military Satellite

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The launch this week is likely to increase not just regional tensions but deepen existing difficulties with the United States.

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