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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 12, 2023

Can Germany Help India Overcome Its Submarine Troubles?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A new submarine deal could bring back Germany as a major player in the Indian defense sector.

June 02, 2023

Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity Reaches Supply Chain Agreement

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
That IPEF member countries have come so far since the group's establishment a year ago suggests that there is a near unanimous view about supply chain vulnerabilities.
May 24, 2023

Instead of Sydney, Quad Gathers in Hiroshima

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
With U.S. domestic politics calling President Biden home early, the Quad capitalized on their visits to Hiroshima for the G-7 to meet on May 20.

May 22, 2023

A Second Quad in the Making in the Middle East? 

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Both the U.S. and India are exploring additional combinations of partnerships in the MIddle East.

May 13, 2023

India, ASEAN Hold First Maritime Exercises

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
India has long used its navy to build ties with maritime nations in the Indo-Pacific, but this exercise steps up collaboration by tying up with ASEAN as a group.

May 10, 2023

SCO Foreign Ministers Meet in India

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
With India’s ties with China and Pakistan under strain, it is difficult for New Delhi to pursue whatever limited agenda it may have with the SCO.
May 03, 2023

Indian Defense Minister Visits Maldives

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The Maldives has remained one of India’s key maritime partners in the Indian Ocean neighborhood.

May 01, 2023

India-China Relations: Still Bogged Down

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
After the April 27 meeting between the Indian and Chinese defense ministers, the two sides failed to issue a joint statement -- a telling clue as to how the meeting went. 

April 17, 2023

Europe’s China Policy in Disarray

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Whether France can be a trusted partner in managing China is a question that many have asked after the fiasco of Macron’s visit.

April 10, 2023

What Do We Know About India’s New Space Policy?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Among other things, the policy opens up the country's space sector to the active participation of the private sector.

April 03, 2023

OneWeb Launch an Important Success for India’s Space Program

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The cost effectiveness of India’s satellite launches, along with its credible launch system, offer the country enormous opportunities. 
March 28, 2023

Xi-Putin Meeting: Deepening Ties or a Necessary Bond?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Despite the visit, what Russia and China will be willing to do for each other beyond diplomatic comfort remains to be seen.

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