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  • A. Vinod Kumar

    Associate Fellow
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    A. Vinod Kumar is Associate Fellow at the 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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    • 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
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, Mr A Vinod Kumar’s article on nuclear threat in the Korean Peninsula, titled ‘Is the DPRK's nuclear march unstoppable?’ was published by the British American Security Information Council on November 7, 2017.

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      November 07, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, Mr A Vinod Kumar's chapter titled ‘The Expectant Global Nuclear Renaissance: Movers, Shakers and Spoilers’ was published in Springer Edited Volume titled ‘Resurgence of Nuclear Power: Challenges and Opportunities for Asia’, co-edited by Nandakumar Janardhanan, Girijesh Pant and Ravi B Grover.

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      October 05, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, Mr A Vinod Kumar’s opinion piece on the political environment after three years of the NDA government, titled ‘The Saffron Surge and Tilt towards Absolutism’, was published in ‘The Citizen’ on June 13, 2017.  

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      June 13, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, Mr A Vinod Kumar’s article on One Belt, One Road Summit, titled ‘Over 60 nations attend One Belt, One Road Summit: Is China ruling the world already?’ was published in ‘The Indian Economist’ on May 15 2017.

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      May 15, 2017
      IDSA News
    • There will be little legitimacy for a pre-emptive US strike on North Korea unless Pyongyang launches a pre-meditated strike on any nation.

      April 12, 2017
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate fellow, IDSA, Mr A Vinod Kumar’s article on India and nuclear non- proliferation, titled ‘Norm Entrepreneur, Catalyst or Challenger? India in the Nuclear Non-proliferation Narrative’ was published in the South Asian Survey, Vol. 21:1&2.

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      April 10, 2017
      IDSA News
    • The First Committee vote is a culmination of a long-drawn campaign and marks a dramatic shift in the affairs of the non-proliferation regime.

      November 04, 2016
      Issue Brief
    • 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.

      September 30, 2016
      IDSA News