Rajeesh Kumar

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

    The Perils of Vaccine Nationalism

    COVID-19 vaccine hoarding by wealthy nations will prolong the pandemic, and result in greater economic and social damage.

    January 04, 2021

    The United Nations and Global Environmental Governance

    When the United Nations (UN) was founded, environmental issues were not seen as a significant threat. Now, seventy-five years since the UN first came into existence, environmental issues, from being of peripheral concern, have become mainstream and are defining many multilateral deliberations. The growing environmental concerns – particularly since the 1960s – resulted in the emergence of hundreds of multilateral and bilateral agreements along with international and national institutions. The contributions of the UN in all these developments were critical.

    September-October 2020

    India’s Apps Ban: Preparing for Long Haul

    While India’s decision to ban Chinese apps is legally tenable under both domestic IT laws and international trade rules, it is important that any ambiguity in the ban order that can be challenged at WTO is effectively addressed.

    July 29, 2020

    Hara-kiri Multilateralism: United Nations Response to COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities of the international system, particularly those of multilateral institutions. When the much spoken borderless threat became a reality, the multilateral institutions were found not only unprepared but acting in a self-destructive mode.

    May 21, 2020

    From Bush to Trump: American Exceptionalism and its implications for Multilateralism

    May 01, 2020

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Rajeesh Kumar’s chapter on American exceptionalism, titled ‘From Bush to Trump: American Exceptionalism and its implications for Multilateralism’ has been published in Arzu Merali & Faisal Bodi, eds. The New Colonialism: The American Model of Human Rights, London: IHRC, 2019.

    Is Revitalising SAARC Possible and Rational?

    March 18, 2020

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, Dr. Rajeesh Kumar’s article on SAARC, titled ‘Is Revitalising SAARC Possible and Rational?’ has been published in the Spring-Summer 2020 edition of Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies (JSPES).

    COP25: Another Lost Opportunity

    COP25 was expected to give prominence to science, streamline ambitious targets and raise trust among parties. Even after a marathon two-week talks, issues such as creating an international carbon market and climate financing were pushed to the next year.

    January 15, 2020

    New Directions in India’s Foreign Policy: Theory and Praxis

    One of the limitations of Indian foreign policy literature is its apathy towards employing novel approaches and methods. Though Indian foreign policy has gone through a dramatic transformation, particularly in the last two decades, the majority of scholarly attempts still spin around traditional theoretical paradigms. Thus, the academic enterprise on Indian foreign policy remained limited to the realist, liberal and at best post-colonial explanations. The inability of these distinct theoretical traditions to explain the complexity of Indian foreign policy created a void in the literature.

    September 2019

    Can ICJ ensure the life of Kulbhushan Jadhav?

    July 19, 2019

    Associate Fellow, IDSA, Dr Rajeesh Kumar’s article on Kulbhushan Jadhav, titled ‘Can ICJ ensure the life of Kulbhushan Jadhav?’ has been published in Global South Colloquy on July 19, 2019.

    Designating Masood Azhar at the United Nations: More than a Symbolic Diplomatic Victory

    The decade-long effort to list Azhar showcases the pragmatism that marks India's multilateral diplomacy and questions the general perception that India's multilateral approach is ambivalent and inconsistent.

    May 09, 2019

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