The nuclear deal was recently approved by the U.S. Congress but average educated Indians have mixed feelings about the U.S. The combination of Indian intellectuals over 40 who came of age during the Cold War, younger intellectuals who associate the U.S. with materialism and a sizable Muslim minority opposed to U.S. foreign policy means that India is yet to overcome the past.
One of the main criticisms of the proposed U.S.-India nuclear deal is that it would allow India to rapidly expand its nuclear arsenal. India, however, is not interested in building the largest nuclear arsenal possible, and its capacity to produce weapons-grade plutonium is not affected by prospective U.S.-Indian civilian nuclear cooperation.
The Carnegie Endowmented hosted Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Kamal Nath for a discussion on the Doha Round of negotiations at the World Trade Organization.
Although important steps have been made since the November 2004 cease fire in Kashmir, a long term solution to the crisis is not likely to come quickly. Recent efforts at reconciliation like re-establishing communication and shipping routes have been symbolic than substantive.
Burns, Thibault, Markey, Tellis, & Perkovich discussed 'U.S.-India Relations: The Global Partnership'
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The international community should stand back and reflect on the lessons learned from the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) experience in implementing safeguards over the last decade, particularly in North Korea and Iran. Such review and reflection suggests that just when safeguards are getting better, the political will to use them effectively seems to be waning.
The agreement on civil nuclear cooperation that presently exists between the United States and India was the only accord possible because it remains the only framework that protects the core national security interests of both sides.