On September 6, 2008, the Nuclear Suppliers Group decided to break a 16-year ban and allow nuclear trade with India. Now President Bush must prove to Congress that the proposed trade deal meets the requirements of the Hyde Act.
The Nuclear Suppliers Group can help bring India into the nonproliferation mainstream by imposing conditions on civilian nuclear trade with India or else risk significant damage to itself and the nonproliferation regime.
Decision time has arrived on the controversial nuclear cooperation proposal that was first proposed by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in July 2005. Because the NSG and IAEA traditionally operate by consensus, any one of a number of states can act to block or modify the ill-conceived arrangement. They have good reason and a responsibility to do so.
Behind the scenes at the G-8 summit, U.S. and Indian officials appear to be moving forward on an agreement that would lift the U.S. ban on nuclear trade with India and allow it to assist India’s civilian nuclear program. Ashley Tellis discusses the details of the deal on NPR’s Morning Edition and notes that it is unlikely to make India a closer U.S. ally.
On May 22, Carnegie’s Nonproliferation Program and the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation hosted a discussion on the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP).
J. Peter Scoblic discusses his new book, "U.S. vs. Them: How a Half Century of Conservatism Has Undermined America’s Security," with E.J. Dionne, Jr., op-ed columnist for The Washington Post.
In an interview with BBC World Service, Carnegie’s Sharon Squassoni discusses the potential dangers of nuclear proliferation as a growing number of countries turn to nuclear energy in response to concerns about global warming and the security of the world’s oil and gas supplies.
Symposium on Nuclear Nonproliferation held at Rowan University on April 11, 2008.
While there's good reason to believe some countries intend to harness nuclear power toward green ends, there's also good reason to believe that other nations will use global warming as a pretext for less virtuous purposes--namely, to acquire technology that would allow them to build nuclear weapons.
Australia is under pressure to make an exception to global nuclear trading rules for India. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has taken a principled stand against the further spread and use of nuclear weapons and materials. In particular, he promised that Australia -- one of the world's largest uranium exporters -- would trade only with countries that play by international nuclear rules.