The world order seems to be on the cusp of a major transformation. A potential power realignment seems to slowly shaping up with a hitherto unlikely combination (at least partly) of Russia, China and Pakistan, seeking to challenge the great power status quo, or pushing for greater bipolarity in global affairs.
Associate Fellow, IDSA, Mr Vinod Kumar's chapter titled ‘Between Idealism, Activism, and the Bomb: Why did India Reject the NPT?’ was published in the Routledge edited volume ‘Negotiating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Origins of the Nuclear Order, edited by Popp Roland, Liviu Horovitz and Andreas Wenger.
Given that the NSG may not be able to withhold the India membership question for long, in spite of China’s inconsistent positions, it would be unwise on India’s part to forfeit any advantage it has on the SCS issue.
Associate Fellow, IDSA, Mr A Vinod Kumar’s article on Delhi Government’s policy on pollution, titled ‘Why Reactive Policymaking Is No Panacea for Delhi's Pollution’ was published in the Huffington Post on December 22, 2015.
Associate Fellow, IDSA, Mr A Vinod Kumar’s article on the problem with striking a nuclear deal in Pakistan, titled ‘Pakistan Has to Be a Normal State to Qualify for a Nuclear Deal’, was published in ‘Fifteen Eightyfour’ a blog of Cambridge University Press, on October 23, 2015.
The 2015 NPT RevCon ended on an expected dismaying note. The only positive outcome was its endorsement of the recent initiatives to project the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, though not adopting its underlying theme - a nuclear weapons prohibition treaty.