A. Vinod Kumar

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

    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.

    Trump's volatile nuclear policy begins to take effect

    June 07, 2018

    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.

    Two standoffs and some nuclear lessons

    standoffs in Doklam and North Korea

    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

    Is the DPRK's nuclear march unstoppable?

    November 07, 2017

    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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    The Expectant Global Nuclear Energy Renaissance: Movers, Shakers and Spoilers

    October 05, 2017

    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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