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  • A. Vinod Kumar

    Associate Fellow
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    A. Vinod Kumar is Associate Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), and a Visiting Faculty at the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies (IFPS), University of Calcutta, Kolkata. His research interests include nuclear policy issues (including non-proliferation, nuclear energy and deterrence), missile defence and India’s relations with the great powers. Kumar’s first book titled India and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime – The Perennial Outlier was published by the Cambridge University Press in April 2014. He has written extensively in acclaimed publications including Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The National Interest, Strategic Analysis, South Asian Survey, Asia Times, Huffington Post, The Indian Economist and Vayu Aerospace Review, among others. Prior to joining IDSA, Kumar was a journalist with stints in print and audio-visual media platforms and have spearheaded pioneering endeavours in mass communications including the first political public relations campaign in Kerala. He has been a private broadcaster as well as a first generation online journalist and was part of many web ventures, including as Executive Editor of South Asia Monitor – a media diplomacy platform. Kumar was earlier a Fellow at the Indian Pugwash Society. His ongoing study is on the implications of missile defence for nuclear deterrence. Concurrently, he is also spearheading an archival mining effort to trace India’s nuclear and foreign policy history. Kumar is recipient of the Ministry of Defence Madras Medal.

    1. Securing Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats- A. Vinod Kumar (February 9-11, 2016)

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    • Even after five decades of its entry-into-force, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is largely seen as a Cold War era instrument that has failed to fulfill the objective of creating a pathway towards a credible disarmament process.

      March 31, 2020
      Issue Brief
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, A. Vinod Kumar's analysis titled "Is it a dead-end for US-North Korea talks?" has been published by the British American Security Information Council (BASIC). The article seeks to place in perspective the events in the Korean Peninsula pertaining to the US-North Korea talks; it sheds light on some specific aspects of the talks and also examines the possibility of a major nuclear/missile related event, which Kim Jong-Un promised to deliver as a 'Christmas Gift'.

      December 20, 2019
      IDSA News
    • The Trump administration’s BMDR, released in early 2019, can be described as the most proactive BMD plan since the SDI days with fillip given to areas like directed-energy, addressing gaps in boost-phase interception and harnessing the space frontier. Besides analyzing the BMDR threadbare, this Volume uses a hitherto unexplored cache of documents to reconstruct the anatomy of the India-US BMD dialogue so to ascertain why it failed and what the BMDR augurs for India’s BMD future.

      IDSA Occasional Papers
    • Nuclear doctrines and postures are dynamic processes that evolve with the security environment. Twenty years after India’s nuclear doctrine was first drafted, the time is ripe for a comprehensive review and suitable revisions.

      August 27, 2019
      Issue Brief
    • An ASAT in itself is not a defensive system that could ‘safeguard’ any asset. Instead, it is an offensive system that could solely be used for retribution in response to an attack on India’s space assets. In that sense, the capability can only be used as a deterrent against a potential rival.

      March 28, 2019
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, Mr A. Vinod Kumar's written evidence to the ‘Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Nuclear Disarmament Inquiry’, conducted by the International Relations Committee of the House of Lords was published (NPT0015) by the Parliament of the United Kingdom on February 26, 2019.

      February 26, 2019
      IDSA News
    • For every major military invention in human history, there has quite always been a countervailing technology. Nuclear weapons have, however, remained an exception. Ballistic missile defence (BMD) has, in recent years, emerged as a formidable means to defend against nuclear-armed delivery systems though yet to prove their total reliability. What does the advent of BMD mean for the nuclear revolution – will it make nuclear weapons obsolete or in turn lead to a new arms race among great powers?

    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, Mr A Vinod Kumar's research article, ‘Struggles of Norm Construction in the Global Nuclear Order: An Indian Perspective on the Formative Years,’ was published in Artha-Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2018.

      The article revisits the early struggles of nuclear norm construction through the perspective of an actor with multiple role identities, and analyses the conceptual issues associated with the normative structures during the formation of the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

      January 17, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, Mr A Vinod Kumar’s article on President Donald Trump’s nuclear policy, titled ‘Trump's volatile nuclear policy begins to take effect’ has been published by the British American Security Information Council on June 7, 2018.

      As in many other policy realms, Trump’s nuclear mission also seems to be aimed at reversing the legacy of his immediate predecessor, while having no notable contribution to the initiatives pursued by his Republican predecessor to curb proliferation, even if through proactive means, argues the article.

      June 07, 2018
      IDSA News
    • The standoffs in Doklam and North Korea offer insights on how crisis stability remains subject to the complexities of deterrence, especially in theatres with multiple nuclear-armed states, and what this entails for disarmament.

      December 29, 2017
      IDSA Comments