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Introduction

Harsh V. Pant

in THE US-INDIA NUCLEAR PACT

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198073963
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080809 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198073963.003.0001
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After more than three years of diplomatic negotiations, India and the United States signed a nuclear pact in October 2008. The agreement, which allows civilian nuclear trade between the two countries, symbolized a turning point in US-India relations after a disagreement on the latter's nuclear weapons programme. This book examines the factors involved in the US-India nuclear agreement, focusing on actors, influences, and processes in international politics. It employs a Levels of Analysis approach to analyse issues and events in international relations at the international, state, and individual levels. It also discusses the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the debate in India over the liability bill, and President Barack Obama's priorities regarding non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Keywords: United States; India; international relations; international politics; nuclear weapons non-proliferation; nuclear pact; Barack Obama; Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; liability bill

Chapter.  6507 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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