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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 06, 2024

The Consequences of India’s Election Surprise

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Modi, and the BJP, will return to power but with their smallest majority to date. What, if any, are the consequences for Indian domestic and foreign policy?

April 26, 2024

Why the Japan-US WMD in Space Resolution Was Critical

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The resolution, which failed due to a Russian veto, sought to reaffirm and extend critical norms against placing weapons of mass destruction in space.
April 22, 2024

India’s Place in Australia’s National Defense Strategy 2024

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The pace of growth in the Australia-India strategic relationship is quite impressive, but New Delhi’s hesitance on hard security issues may hamper further developments. 

April 15, 2024

Enhancing Cybersecurity in Outer Space

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
As technologies evolve, so do threats.

April 05, 2024

AI Chips for China Face Additional US Restrictions

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
China has criticized the latest round of new rules by saying that it will “disrupt the international semiconductor market as well as cooperation among enterprises.” 

April 01, 2024

Sela Tunnel: India’s Border Infrastructure Push Makes Progress

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
With tensions persisting on the Sino-Indian border, Delhi’s efforts to bolster its infrastructure in critical areas continues.
March 26, 2024

Undersea Cables are Increasingly Critical and Vulnerable

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Undersea cables must be understood as critical infrastructure, and their vulnerability – to intentional tampering and accidental damage – acknowledged. 

March 25, 2024

India’s Submarine Saga

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Without timely replenishment, India could end up with a submarine fleet similar to that of Pakistan.

March 15, 2024

Maiden Test for India’s Agni-5 MIRV Missile

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
MIRV is a complex technology, and India’s test this week puts it among a small group of countries that have managed to develop it.

March 08, 2024

Once Again, Concerns Arise About China-Pakistan WMD Nexus

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Indian customs officials reportedly intercepted a Malta-flagged merchant ship carrying a computer numerical control machine en route from China to Pakistan.

February 29, 2024

India-Japan ‘Dharma Guardian’ Exercise 

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Military engagements between India and Japan have been on a steady growth path that mirrors the shared political and strategic goals of Delhi and Tokyo.
February 17, 2024

Why Russia’s Latest Space Weapon Is So Dangerous

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Bringing the nuclear element into space, be it a nuclear weapon or a nuclear-powered counterspace weapon, will have serious repercussions.

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