What was the Big (Nuclear) Deal?

Nuclear Nonproliferation and the US-India Nuclear Agreement

15 years after the US-India nuclear deal was first proposed, a look at the debate about its impact on the nonproliferation regime and on the US-India relationship

Questions addressed in the podcast:

Q1: Can you outline the International Nuclear Nonproliferation regime and what the history is behind it?

Q2: After WW2, what was India’s position when they did not sign the NPT or CTBT?

Q3: How did the international community and the U.S. respond to India’s refusal to join this international framework?

Q4: Did the situation get worse after India tested its nuclear weapons in 1998?

Q5: How did the world react to the India-U.S. Nuclear Deal?

Q6: What were the consequences of the India-U.S. Nuclear Deal and how has it changed since implementation?

Q7: Has the India-U.S. Nuclear Deal resulted in a change in the international law framework around nuclear nonproliferation?

Q8: From a geopolitical perspective, why are some countries allowed to not join the NPT and develop nuclear weapons and others are not?

Q9: Why are nonproliferation compromises so reliant on the individual actors rather than the written framework or treaty?

Q10: What is the state of nuclear nonproliferation around the world today, specifically concerning India and the U.S.?

Q11: Do you see the state of nuclear weapons expanding to different countries around the world?

Listen to podcast hosted by A Law in Common at Cornell Law School

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