This book interrogates the Indo-US civil nuclear agreement from its inception in July 2005 to its conclusion in the latter part of 2008 through 12 articles, each of which focuses on different aspects of the deal. They discuss the factors that facilitated the agreement, the roadblocks that were encountered, and its implications for the future of India’s foreign policy, its energy security and the international non-proliferation regime. Together, they address the internal political dynamics in India and the United States to present perspectives of both countries.
The volume also highlights the technical paradigm of the nuclear deal: its implications for India’s military and energy programs, and a legal scrutiny of the 123 Agreement. Further, it attempts to analyse the rationale for the unrelenting domestic and international opposition which the Agreement faced, examining whether the objections raised by different groups at various stages were substantive or motivated. Finally, the book provides an overview of the Indo-US nuclear deal and posits it within the larger framework of Indo-US relations.
Contents of the Book
Introduction: Indo-US Nuclear Deal
Tarapur: Lessons from the First Episode in the Indo-US Nuclear Engagement
Prime Time Deal
Vidya Shankar Aiyar
Politics and Lobbyists: The Internal Political Dynamics Influencing US Congressional
Approval of the Nuclear Deal
Internal Roadblocks to the Indo-US Nuclear Deal
The Process of Negotiation of the Nuclear Deal / 123 Agreement (India)
Chronicle of a Deal Foretold: Washington’s Perspective in Negotiating the Indo-US
Implications of the Indo-US Nuclear Deal for India’s Energy and Military Programs
Fast Breeder Reactors: Technical Challenges and the Record So Far
The Indo-US Nuclear Deal and the Non-proliferation Debate
The Indo-US Nuclear Deal in the Context of Indian Foreign Policy
Indo-US Nuclear Deal: Uncertain Future?
Note on the Editor
PR Chari is currently Research Professor at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi. His recent books include Four Crises and a Peace Process: American Engagement in South Asia (co-authored with Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema and Stephen P. Cohen), Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2007; Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2008: Growing Violence (co-edited), Routledge, 2008; and Making Borders Irrelevant in Kashmir (co-authored with Hasan Askari Rizvi), United States Institute of Peace, 2008.
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