India’s singular nuclear history and implications of U.S.-India nuclear energy deal

July 29, 2011

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A scientific officer works at the Kalpakkam Atomic Center in Kalpakkam, India.

India is a clear outlier in the global nuclear community. Though the South Asian nation possesses nuclear weapons, it refused to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

For decades, signatories of the NPT labeled India an outcast. But power dynamics shifted in 2008, when the U.S. backed away from a decades-long moratorium on nuclear trade with India.

We speak to Sumit Ganguly, the director of research at Indiana University’s Center for American and Global Security, about India’s unique role as a nuclear power.