Arun Mohan Sukumar

Head ORF's Cyber Security and Internet Governance Initiative

Arun Mohan Sukumar heads ORF's Cyber Security and Internet Governance Initiative, coordinating research projects on internet governance, data protection and international norms. He is the elected vice-chair of the Asia-Pacific Internet Governance Forum.
Arun is a lawyer by training, educated at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. He holds a Master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he was the Douglas Dillon Fellow, and the recipient of the Leo Gross Prize for Outstanding Student of International Law. Arun was previously Senior Fellow at the Centre for Communication Governance, National Law University Delhi, working on global internet governance. He has served on the editorial board of The Hindu, and continues to write for the daily on foreign affairs.

List of Publications



Arun Mohan Sukumar, The Case for Cyber and Cyber-Physical Weapons: India’s Grand Strategy and Diplomatic Goals, ORF Special Report No 15, (2016).


Arun Mohan Sukumar and COL. R.K. SHARMA,The Cyber Command: Upgrading India’s National Security Architecture, ORF Special Report No 9, (2016).




Arun Mohan Sukumar, Beyond Claims, South China Sea is Battleground for US, Chinese Exceptionalism, THE WIRE, July 12, 2016.


Arun Mohan Sukumar, South China Sea Case: A Guide to the Verdict, THE WIRE, July 12, 2016.

Arun Mohan Sukumar, China, and Asia, Brace for Diplomatic Fallout from South China Sea Case, THE WIRE, July 11, 2016.


Arun Mohan Sukumar, Waiting for regime change, THE HINDU, June 6, 2016.


Arun Mohan Sukumar, India Is Coming up Against the Limits of Its Strategic Partnership With the United States, THE WIRE, June 6, 2016.


Arun Mohan Sukumar, UN Reconstitutes its Top Cyber Body, This Time With India at the High Table, THE WIRE, June 22, 2016.


Arun Mohan Sukumar, The India-US Defence Partnership is Not Out of the Political Woods Yet, THE WIRE, April 14, 2016.


Arun Mohan Sukumar, Weaponised Robotics Set to Shape Great Power Rivalry as India Seeks Rules of the Game, THE WIRE, April 23, 2016.


Arun Mohan Sukumar, How India is Running the Race for the Asian Century, THE WIRE, April 5, 2016.


Arun Mohan Sukumar, and Samir Saran,What the Moscow Communique on Internet Governance Says About India’s Role in the Global Order, THE WIRE, April 4, 2016.


Arun Mohan Sukumar, The splinternet is here, THE HINDU, April 20, 2016.


Arun Mohan Sukumar, India Eyes Russia As It Makes First Move on Chessboard of Cyber Geopolitics, THE WIRE, February 15, 2016.


Arun Mohan Sukumar, and Samir Saran, Unpacking Free Basics, Digital Frontiers, (ORF) 11 January 2016.


Arun Mohan Sukumar, Six Lessons for India’s Foreign Policy from Star Wars VII, THE WIRE, December 28, 2015.


Arun Mohan Sukumar, Back to the drawing board, THE HINDU, September 24, 2015.


Arun Mohan Sukumar, The new Great Game in Asia, THE HINDU, August 25, 2015.


Arun Mohan Sukumar,, Wassenaar’s Web: A Threat to Technology Transfer, THE HINDU, August 5, 2015.


Arun Mohan Sukumar, Another Blow to Autonomy of Telecom Regulator, THE WIRE, July 30, 2015.