A. Vinod Kumar

Associate Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)

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 has written extensively in acclaimed international publications, and his first book titled India and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime – The Perennial Outlier was published by the Cambridge University Press in April 2014. His monograph on ‘missile defence in a nuclear environment’ is now in the press. He is now finalizing another monograph on India’s nuclear decision-making in the early years.

Prior to joining IDSA, Kumar was a journalist with stints in print and audio-visual media 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 portal. Kumar was earlier a Fellow at the Indian Pugwash Society. Along with his ongoing study on missile defence and nuclear deterrence, Kumar is also concurrently spearheading an archival mining effort to trace India’s nuclear and foreign policy history. Kumar is recipient of India’s Ministry of Defence Madras Medal.  

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

After a lull, will it be a storm again? With the many rounds of formal talks between US officials and their counterparts from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) remaining fruitless, there are portends of the Korean Peninsula heading back to the pre-Panmunjom days of hostilities and a potential re-run of the Kim Jong-Un regime’s uninhibited display of its military hardware.

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