A. Vinod Kumar

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  • A. Vinod Kumar is Associate Fellow at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.

    Saving a Billion: How India Confronted the COVID-19

    The COVID-19 has affected West Asia hard amidst ongoing wars, civilian and sectarian conflicts, and political unrest and economic challenges facing the region. At least 13 Islamic countries – namely Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman – have witnessed an increasing number of confirmed cases and fatalities, with Iran reporting the largest number of casualties in the region.

    January-June 2020

    Virus As Bio-Weapon: Contested Origins of Novel Coronavirus

    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

    NPT@50: The Genesis of a Flawed Bargain

    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

    Is it a dead-end for US-North Korea talks?

    December 20, 2019

    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'.

    Trump’s Own “Star Wars” The 2019 US BMD Review and What It Augurs for India?

    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.

    ‘No First Use’ is Not Sacrosanct: Need a Theatre-Specific Posture for Flexible Options

    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

    India’s ASAT Test: Joining the Arms Race in Outer Space?

    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

    Evidence on Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Nuclear Disarmament

    February 26, 2019

    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.

    A Shield Against the Bomb : Ballistic Missile Defence in a Nuclear Environment

    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?

    2019

    Struggles of Norm Construction in the Global Nuclear Order: An Indian Perspective on the Formative Years

    January 17, 2019

    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.

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