Rohan Mukherjee

Social Sciences (Political Science)

Assistant Professor
Joint Appointment with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (by courtesy)


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Assistant Professor Rohan Mukherjee received his PhD in Politics (International Relations) from Princeton University. He holds a Master’s in Public Affairs (MPA) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining Yale-NUS College, he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a non-resident visiting fellow at the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo.

Asst Prof Mukherjee is currently working on a book project based on his dissertation, on how the desire for great-power status influences the behaviour of rising powers in international security regimes. Through longitudinal case studies of the United States and the maritime laws of war in the mid-19th century, Japan and naval arms control in the interwar period, and India and nuclear non-proliferation in the latter half of the 20th century, he shows that rising powers draw important inferences about their own status from the design and functioning of international regimes, and are willing to accept significant risks to enhance their status within these regimes.

International Relations Theory, International Security, International Law and Organisation, Rising Powers, Indian Foreign Policy

“Japan’s Strategic Outreach to India and the Prospects of a Japan-India Alliance,” International Affairs, 94:4, 2018: 835-859.

“Pragmatism in Indian Strategic Thought: Evidence from the Nuclear Weapons Debate of the 1960s,” India Review, 17:1, 2018: 12-32.

“What Money Can’t Buy: The Security Externalities of China’s Economic Statecraft in Post-War Sri Lanka,” Asian Security, December 2017: 1-20.

Poised for Partnership: Deepening India-Japan Relations in the Asian Century (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016), co-edited with Anthony Yazaki.

“India’s International Development Program,” in Srinath Raghavan, David M. Malone and C. Raja Mohan (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Indian Foreign Policy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).

“The False Promise of India’s Soft Power,” Geopolitics, History, and International Relations, 6:1, 2014.

Modern Social Thought
Introduction to International Relations
India as a Rising Power