Brig Vinod Anand is a Senior Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), New Delhi. He holds a post-graduate degree in Defence and Strategic Studies and is an alumnus of Defence Services and Staff College and College of Defence Management. Earlier he was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Brig Anand has also been a Senior Fellow at the United Service Institution, New Delhi. His recent publications include monographs on ‘Pak-Af Equation and Future of Afghanistan’, ‘Multi- Vector Politics of Central Asian Republics and India’ and ‘Strategic Enviornment in Central Asia and India’. Earlier he had authored a monograph on ‘Joint Vision for Indian Armed Forces’ and a book titled ‘Defence Planning in India: Problems and Prospects’. He writes on military and strategic issues including regional and international security. Recently he has presented several papers and written on China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, India’s Act East Policy, Situation in Asia Pacific and Development in SE Asia. At the VIF, he is coordinating research activity and focusing on China and Myanmar.

Contributions 
Defending China in the Xi Jinping Era China’s White Paper on defence titled ‘China’s National Defense in New Era’ of 2019, coming after a gap of four years, bears a strong imprint of President Xi Jinping on Beijing’s defence and security policies and strategies. Though t...

A Perspective on China Myanmar Economic Corridor and Internal Dynamics Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, as a mark of support for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) had attended both the first and second BRI Forums held in May 2017 and April 2019 in Beijing. Undoubtedly, there were political and economic ramifications of this...

India and SCO Summit at Bishkek and Beyond India has completed two years as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), and therefore it would be useful to assess the worth and utility of being a member of such an organization. There is no gainsaying in the fact that it is ...

Vietnam Continues to be Wary of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) The second BRI Forum of China held in April 2019 has received as much attention, if not more, as the first one held in May 2017. The fundamental objectives of the BRI remain the same, i.e., shoring up of domestic economy by exporting surplus industr...

Myanmar: Challenges before Aung San Suu Kyi in 2019 Myanmar’s quasi democratic government has completed over half of its constitutionally mandated term but has to yet make a major progress in a number of areas, especially those related to political and economic reforms. While the peace and reconcili...

Occasional Papers 
India’s Defence Cooperation with South East Asian Countries: Need for Proactive and Substantive Action … with the global and regional dynamics remaining in a state of flux it should be India’s effort to build on the existing defence and security relationships .. as also strive to enhance such an engagement with other members of ASEAN whose interes...

The Impact of China’s “One Belt, One Road” Strategy on Political, Military and Economic Situations in the Asia Pacific Region Retrospect When one talks about Silk Road it conjures up visions of traders and caravans travelling from Occident to the Orient and vice versa. There have been many versions of silk roads which have been used by both traders and ...

Trends in Chinese Military Modernization: Implications and Responses Geo-Political Context The Chinese White Paper on defence of 2015 and the papers issued earlier have been emphasizing that their “national defense policy is defensive in nature... and will never seek hegemony or expansion.” Yet, ...

Nehru Era’s Defence and Security Policies and Their Legacy Introduction During the nationalist movement and struggle for independence, there was little attention paid to articulation of India’s defence and security policies by the Indian National Congress (INC). Allusions to concepts and precepts...

Strategic Trends in Asia-Pacific and its Implications for India Introduction Events that are taking place in Asia-Pacific are a sub set of what is happening in Asia in particular and at the global level in general. While there has been an on-going shift of economic power to Asia, it is also quite appar...

Book Reviews 
India’s National Security: A Reader ; Edited by Kanti P Bajpai and Harsh V Pant; Oxford University Press; PP 486; Price Rs 995 The book is part of a series by Oxford University Press dealing with ‘critical issues in Indian politics’. It is a compilation of papers on major national security challenges facing the nation. It looks at the different facets of insurgency, te...

Perspectives on Transforming India- Central Asia Engagement: Prospects and Issues Edited by Brig Vinod Anand Hardcover: 268 pages Publisher: VIJ Books (India) Pty Ltd (1 January 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 9380177798 ISBN-13: 978-9380177793' ...

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