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India and the International Wal of Civilian Nuclear Energy

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India, with a relatively advanced nuclear energy program and a systematic approach to attaining nuclear power, is an interesting case study for the analysis of the international legal framework and its flaws. This chapter begins with an introduction to the science of nuclear energy. It, then, describes the evolution of India's nuclear program. Next, the chapter attempts to explain India's relationship to the international instruments pertaining to the development of nuclear power plants. It also argues that the international legal framework is inherently weak, due in large part to the way the norms relating to nuclear weapons and those related to civilian programs are disconnected. Finally, the chapter concludes with recommendations for how India can play an increasingly central role in negotiating future international norms to close the gap and move towards a more comprehensive solution to safeguarding nuclear technology for non-nuclear states while preventing further proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Keywords:civilian programs; international legal framework; nuclear energy; nuclear power plants; nuclear weapons



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