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  • Anand Kumar

    Associate Fellow
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    Dr. Anand Kumar is an Associate Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi. After completing his PhD from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on “Germany and UN Peacekeeping Operations in the post-Cold War Era”, he joined MP-IDSA in 2007. Over the years, Dr. Kumar has worked on strategic issues gaining reputation as a leading security expert. His areas of specialization at MP-IDSA are Counter-terrorism, South Asian politics, Bangladesh, Maldives, Proliferation of Small Arms and Low intensity conflicts. He has completed three projects at MP-IDSA: “Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in Indo-Bangladesh Relations”, “Terrorism Challenges in Bangladesh”, “Bangladesh and Its Security Relationship with External Powers” and is currently engaged in studying “China as a Factor in the US Engagement with South Asia.” Before joining MP-IDSA, he worked at the South Asia Analysis Group on similar themes. He has also been with the Institute for Conflict Management which specializes on counter-terrorism. Dr. Kumar also has a good understanding of European and North American politics.

    Dr. Kumar was a visiting professor and ICCR Chair (Indian Ocean Studies) in the University of Dar-Es-Salaam (UDSM) from November 2017 to November 2019.  He worked in the department of political science and public administration. In UDSM he taught Counter-terrorism, regional integration, peacemaking and conflict resolution. He also closely followed issues related to African politics, economics and security.

    Dr. Kumar has authored three books and has an edited volume. His latest book Bangladesh and Its Security Relationship with External Powers was published by K W Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi in 2021. His book on the Maldives entitled “Multi-party Democracy in the Maldives and the Emerging Security Environment in the Indian Ocean Region” was published by Pentagon Press, New Delhi in 2016. His first book Return from the Precipice: Bangladesh’s Fight against Terrorism, and the edited volume The Terror Challenge in South Asia and Prospect of Regional Cooperation were also published by Pentagon Security International, New Delhi. He has published over 30 research papers in reputed journals and edited books. He has delivered lectures on security issues both in India and abroad. He has participated and presented papers in national and international conferences. His article “Shaikh Hasina’s Visit to India and the future of Indo-Bangladesh Relations” was published by the Royal Society for Asia Affairs, London in their official journal Asian Affairs. He has published hundreds of articles in leading newspapers and magazines, including “Insurgency in South Asia muted by war on terror,” The Washington Times, January 16, 2004, and “The Jihadi Next Door,” The Washington Times, May 20, 2010.

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    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Anand Kumar’s article ‘The power shift in Pakistan’ has been published in ‘Daily Excelsior’ on 15 April 2022.

      The loss of no-trust vote is a political setback for Imran Khan. However, the political future of Imran may not come to an end after his removal from power. A lot depends on how he plays the political game here on, says Dr Kumar.

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      April 15, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Anand Kumar’s article on the political future of Imran Khan has been published in Hindi daily ‘Amar Ujala’ on 11 April 2022.

      April 11, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Anand Kumar’s article ‘Western overreach’ has been published in ‘The Statesman’ on 31 March 2022.

      The Western countries led by the US want to create a security architecture in Europe whereby Russia, an erstwhile military and nuclear power, would be a non-entity. This they want to achieve by expanding Nato until the doorstep of Russia. Obviously, this will not be acceptable to a major military power like Russia. In this exercise Ukraine has been used as a tool, says Dr Kumar.

      March 31, 2022
      IDSA News
    • The recent visit of Sheikh Hasina to the Maldives provided an opportunity to strengthen the bilateral relationship and enhance connectivity, trade and commerce between the two countries. The visit also signified Bangladesh’s growing importance in the international politics.

      January 13, 2022
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Anand Kumar’s article, ‘China lurking, India walks tightrope on Myanmar’ has been published in ‘The Tribune’ on January 01, 2022.

      Myanmar needs to be handled carefully for geopolitical reasons amid the unrest prevailing in the country. China has always been deeply entrenched in Myanmar. It has been a major supplier of weapons. Myanmar has been sourcing fighter jets, jointly manufactured by China and Pakistan. Russia, another major player, has been contacted by Myanmar for the supply of weapons, says Dr. Kumar.

      January 01, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Anand Kumar’s article on Myanmar has been published in Hindi daily, Amar Ujala on December 30, 2021.


      December 30, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Sheikh Hasina and her India-friendly policies are not liked by her domestic and international opponents. The Awami League government should remain vigilant to the designs of forces inimical to it, and not let them undo the progress in India–Bangladesh relations.

      November 02, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Anand Kumar’s article ‘China’s coercive diplomacy targets Bhutan’ has been published in ‘The Tribune’ on November 02, 2021.

      Bhutan is one of India’s strongest allies, but the bilateral relationship has been undergoing a perceptible change. Both countries re-negotiated their 1949 treaty and entered into a new treaty of friendship in 2007. The treaty replaced the provision which required Bhutan to take India’s guidance on foreign policy, says Dr. Kumar.

      November 02, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Anand Kumar’s article, ‘South Asia sits on a powder keg’ has been published in ‘The Statesman’ on October 27, 2021.

      The return of the Taliban in Kabul has intensified the sectarian and communal strife in South Asia. The United States had entered Afghanistan to uproot the Taliban and eliminate Al-Qaeda. Both these objectives remained unfulfilled when they withdrew, says Dr. Anand.

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      October 27, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Anand Kumar’s article ‘Needed: A New Policy for Kashmir’ has been published in Daily Excelsior on October 19, 2021.

      India should start arming minority community and train them in self-defense so that they can protect themselves in the face of terror. Besides the government also has to bring policies which creates a balanced demography in the Kashmir valley. These are extra –ordinary measures, but they are required in these extra-ordinary times to maintain the unity and integrity of India, says Dr. Kumar.

      October 19, 2021
      IDSA News