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  • Anand Kumar

    Associate Fellow
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    Dr. Anand Kumar is an Associate Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi. After completing his PhD from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on “Germany and UN Peacekeeping Operations in the post-Cold War Era”, he joined MP-IDSA in 2007. Over the years, Dr. Kumar has worked on strategic issues gaining reputation as a leading security expert. His areas of specialization at MP-IDSA are Counter-terrorism, South Asian politics, Bangladesh, Maldives, Proliferation of Small Arms and Low intensity conflicts. He has completed two projects at MP-IDSA: “Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in Indo-Bangladesh Relations”, and “Terrorism Challenges in Bangladesh”, and is currently engaged in studying “Bangladesh and Its Security Relationship with External Powers. Before joining MP-IDSA, he worked at the South Asia Analysis Group on similar themes. He has also been with the Institute for Conflict Management which specializes on counter-terrorism. Dr. Kumar also has a good understanding of European politics.

    He has authored two books and has an edited volume. His latest book Multi-party Democracy in the Maldives and the Emerging Security Environment in the Indian Ocean Region was published by Pentagon Press, New Delhi in 2016. His first book Return from the Precipice: Bangladesh’s Fight against Terrorism, and the edited volume The Terror Challenge in South Asia and Prospect of Regional Cooperation were also published by Pentagon Security International, New Delhi. He has published over 30 research papers in reputed journals and edited books. He has delivered lectures on security issues both in India and abroad. He has participated and presented papers in national and international conferences. His article “Shaikh Hasina’s Visit to India and the future of Indo-Bangladesh Relations” was published by the Royal Society for Asia Affairs, London in their official journal Asian Affairs. He has published hundreds of articles in leading newspapers and magazines, including “Insurgency in South Asia muted by war on terror,” The Washington Times, January 16, 2004, and “The Jihadi Next Door,” The Washington Times, May 20, 2010.

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    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Anand Kumar’s article ‘Migration from Bangladesh’ has been published in Daily Excelsior on July 17, 2021.

      The issue of illegal migration can’t be swept under the carpet given its magnitude and the sentiments of people in the northeastern India who fear being swamped by the people continuously coming from across the border. Attempt should be made to sort out this issue in an amicable way without hurting the India-Bangladesh bilateral relationship which is perhaps enjoying its best phase, says Dr. Kumar.

      July 17, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Anand Kumar’s Article on Illegal Infiltration from Bangladesh Published in Amar Ujala

      Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Anand Kumar’s article on illegal infiltration from Bangladesh has been published in leading Hindi daily ‘Amar Ujala’ on July 12, 2021.


      July 12, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Anand Kumar’s article ‘Why China won’t let India rise peacefully’ has been published in ‘The Statesman’ on September 23, 2020.

      September 23, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Given the assertive foreign policy followed by China and the desperation of Pakistan after the abolition of Article 370, India has to follow a proactive foreign policy. It is only India’s proactiveness that can keep both China and Pakistan in check in Bangladesh.

      February 04, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Anand Kumar’s article on India-Bangladesh relations has been published in Hindi daily ‘Amar Ujala’ on September 11, 2020.

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      September 11, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Anand Kumar’s article on Indo-China Ladakh stand-off, titled ‘China Intrusion in Ladakh India’s response will have a message for S Asian neighbours’ has been published by Daily Excelsior on July 10, 2020.

      July 10, 2020
      IDSA News
    • The execution of Bangabandhu’s killer is likely to lift the morale of the pro-liberation forces while weakening that of the anti-liberation groups who were already in disarray.

      April 23, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Anand Kumar's article on effect of COVID-19 on Bangladesh economy, titled 'Will the Pandemic Derail Bangladesh’s Economic Growth?' has been published in The Diplomat on April 18, 2020.

      The article argues that the pandemic will have an adverse effect on Bangladesh' economy, but how bad will depend on what Dhaka does and how the world progresses against the coronavirus.


      April 18, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, Dr. Anand Kumar’s article on the recent meeting of FATF and Pakistan escaping from the black list has been published in leading Hindi daily Amar Ujala on February 24, 2020.

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      February 24, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, Dr. Anand Kumar’s article on illegal immigrants, titled ‘Take holistic view to check illegal immigration’ has been published in ‘The Tribune’ on January 11, 2020.

      The issue of illegal migration from Bangladesh has become complicated because of inaction by the central governments in the past, writes Dr. Anand Kumar.

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      January 11, 2020
      IDSA News