The international recognition that C Raja Mohan attracts has a lot to do with the future of the US being linked to that of India. A foreign policy strategist of great repute, Mohan was on 3 May named the inaugural Marshall Bouton Asia Fellow of the prestigious The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Over time, he has emerged as one of the country’s top strategic experts who could inspire a shift from the status quo. In addition to being director, Carnegie India, Mohan is associated with several universities and is a widely-read columnist. He was also once a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board. He has performed the multiple roles of a journalist, academic and analyst with diligence. His influence over Indian foreign policy has been on the rise lately. He has argued for a comprehensive ‘multi-structured balancing power policy’ in which three or four big powers of the region come together and set the rules.