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  • A. Vinod Kumar

    Associate Fellow
    Email: 
    vinujnu@gmail.com
    Phone: 
    +91 11 2671 7983 Extn 7337

    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)

    Select Publications

    • India’s decision to reject the NPT was a display of astute statecraft with idealist posturing used to masquerade pursuit of national interests.

      September 25, 2020
      Issue Brief
    • The era of non-alignment provides immense insights on how visionary leadership seeking to influence international politics could develop ideational frameworks to propel the grand strategy of their choosing.

      September 02, 2020
      Issue Brief
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Mr. A Vinod Kumar's commentary on China, titled ‘China is becoming the new pariah,’ has been published in ‘The Week’ on June 24, 2020.

      Not aggression, but responsibility and compensation was expected of a great power with parentage of a pandemic, the article points out, arguing for a global coalition of democracies to discipline China and rein in its aggression.

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      June 24, 2020
      IDSA News
    • The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the final months of 2019 in China had led to a global pandemic with the disease-causing pathogen, the SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus-2), spreading virulently to almost all habitable land on Earth within a matter of 2-3 months. Even over six months after its first imprint in Wuhan, the pathogen remains unconquerable with over 4 million being infected and more than three lakh people dead.

      CBW Magazine
    • It might be difficult to prove any weaponisation intent or man-made origins to the SARS-CoV-2. Yet, the mass deaths and disruption caused by the virus forebodes imminent exploitation of biological agents for political ends.

      May 12, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • 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
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