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The Indo-US Nuclear Deal: In search for some answers

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The Indo-US Nuclear Deal: In search for some answers

Co-Sponsors: Congressman Jim McDermott (WA-7) and Young India Inc.


2pm, Wednesday, March 29th, 2006


HC-6, Capitol Building, Capitol Hill, Washington DC

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Over the past six months, the question of nuclear power as a source of energy has been brought into sharp focus, firstly through the Indo-US nuclear deal in July 2005 and more recently by the escalation of tensions owing to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The President’s recent visit to India and the formal signing of the nuclear agreement has brought this issue into legislative limelight.

Whenever nuclear energy is discussed, the apprehension of a hidden weapons program emerges as well. Young India feels that the time is ripe to discuss the Indo-US deal and the broader context of nuclear science and its politics.

Agenda and Questions Posed:

Welcome by Rep. Jim McDermott
Q. What is the rationale for making civilian nuclear technology exchange a centerpiece of a new Indo-US “strategic” partnership? What does “strategic” really mean? Is it limited only to the security context? If yes, then what is that context? In what other ways can bilateral relations be improved between the two nations?
Q. What impact will this deal have on
  • Nuclear proliferation treaties and regimes.
  • Disarmament efforts.
  • Current context: Iran and North Korea.
Q. Relative importance of Nuclear Energy in the larger energy debate - What do people (citizens groups/scientists/political leaders) in India feel about this deal? Both from an energy perspective and a foreign policy standpoint.


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