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Indo-US Nuclear Deal: Seeking Synergy in Bilateralism

PR Chari (ed.)

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     
P.R. Chari

Tarapur: Lessons from the First Episode in the Indo-US Nuclear Engagement
Eric Gonsalves

Prime Time Deal        
Vidya Shankar Aiyar

Politics and Lobbyists: The Internal Political Dynamics Influencing US Congressional
Approval of the Nuclear Deal
David Temple

Internal Roadblocks to the Indo-US Nuclear Deal    
Rekha Chakravarthi

The Process of Negotiation of the Nuclear Deal / 123 Agreement (India)
Reshmi Kazi

Chronicle of a Deal Foretold: Washington’s Perspective in Negotiating the Indo-US
Nuclear Agreement        
Dhruva Jaishankar

Implications of the Indo-US Nuclear Deal for India’s Energy and Military Programs
R. Rajaraman

Fast Breeder Reactors: Technical Challenges and the Record So Far 
Ashwin Kumar

The Indo-US Nuclear Deal and the Non-proliferation Debate  
Swapna Kona

The Indo-US Nuclear Deal in the Context of Indian Foreign Policy 
Lalit Mansingh

Indo-US Nuclear Deal: Uncertain Future?    
P.R. Chari


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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