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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
September 17, 2020

Rise of the Minilaterals: Examining the India-France-Australia Trilateral

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The India-France-Australia trilateral is only the latest of the many minilaterals that are taking shape in the Indo-Pacific region.

September 10, 2020

Washington Watching as Beijing’s Space Power Grows

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The latest U.S. Defense Department report on Chinese military power recounts Beijing’s growing space and counterspace capabilities.
September 04, 2020

How China Strengthens the Quad

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Chinese belligerence further strengthens the motivation for Australia, India, Japan, and the United States to keep the Quad together.

August 28, 2020

India-Vietnam Relations: Strong and Getting Stronger

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
With China a shared concern, India and Vietnam continue to deepen their relationship.

August 20, 2020

India-Japan Defense Ties to Get a Boost With Modi-Abe Virtual Summit

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Despite some disappointments on both sides, the India-Japan relationship looks set to further deepen in the face of an aggressive China.

August 12, 2020

Indian Frustration With China Grows

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
New Delhi’s responses to Beijing’s efforts -- such as raising the Kashmir issue at the U.N. -- are becoming increasingly harsh.
August 07, 2020

India Under Strain Across South Asia  

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
India’s regional relations are almost all in states of distress. That’s a big problem for New Delhi.

July 31, 2020

Russian ASAT Test: More Trouble for Space Security

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Even as the war of words continues, there will need to be practical measures to deal with the increasing threats to space.

July 23, 2020

This Time the US Is Taking India’s Side Against China

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Unlike in 2017, U.S. support for India at a time of confrontation with China is much more pronounced this time around.

July 16, 2020

Is India Ready to Play the ‘Tibet Card’ in Its Battle With China?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Talk of a “Tibet card” in India’s hands is not new, but is New Delhi likely to play it?

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.

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