India's ‘Two-Level’ Negotiations

Harsh V. Pant


Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198073963
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080809 | DOI:
India's ‘Two-Level’ Negotiations

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The nuclear pact between India and the United States triggered a heated debate not only in both countries but also in the larger international community. This is attributed to the wide-ranging implications of the agreement for the future of the US-India relations as well as for the global nuclear weapons non-proliferation regime. Various constituencies with stark differences in agendas had a stake in the success or failure of the pact, but the Indian and the US governments were able to reconcile these often conflicting, interests. International negotiations occur at two levels: the national level and the international level. India and the US successfully dealt with both levels, albeit with different approaches. For the Indian government, the main obstacles included the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). For the US, it was Iran.

Keywords: United States; India; nuclear pact; negotiations; nuclear weapons non-proliferation; Bharatiya Janata Party; Iran

Chapter.  6226 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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