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India and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime
The Perennial Outlier


  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107056626

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  • The book is a comprehensive study of India's relationship with the non-proliferation regime, and its transformative evolution from a perennial outlier to one seeking greater integration with the regime and its normative structures. The highlight of this study is its incisive conceptual analysis of the regime as a functional system and its structural complexities, which brings forth new insights on the regime's core ideas like non-proliferation and counter-proliferation. The book also provides an extensive non-Western narrative on the concept of counter-proliferation and its conceivable role and influence in the regime. It breaks new ground in explaining India's quest for an anti-proliferation strategy, which could determine its status and future in the emerging global nuclear order. It will be a substantial contribution to the literature on India's approach towards non-proliferation, counter-proliferation and disarmament, and will enhance the understanding of the impact of the regime's normative structures on India's nuclear decisions.

    • Assesses in detail the interplays and conflict between non-proliferation and counter-proliferation, which has largely been overlooked in existing literature
    • Looks at India's approach to the regime as a primary driver of India's nuclear decisions (most existing studies look at other elements such as domestic and external factors)
    • Provides alternative Indian perspectives and options (different from established Indian dogmas) on policy issues like disarmament and approach to non-proliferation frameworks like NPT
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    'This book successfully brings out a whole gamut of … complex questions to the fore, answers to which have remained fluid, with ever evolving newer analyses and interpretations.' Swaran Singh, H-Net

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107056626
    • length: 247 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. From non-proliferation to counter-proliferation: the regime's conceptual crisis
    3. The state and the regime: the complex interplay of actors, norms and interests
    4. India, NPT and the non-proliferation regime
    5. The routes to nuclear disarmament: an Indian perspective
    6. Counter-proliferation: the quest for an Indian strategy
    7. India's participation in the proliferation security initiative: the counter-proliferation case study
    8. India's role in global anti-proliferation: the post nuclear deal agenda
    9. Conclusion
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    A. Vinod Kumar, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
    A. Vinod Kumar is Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, where he specializes in nuclear policy issues, including counter-proliferation, missile defence and nuclear energy. Earlier, he worked with the Indian Pugwash Society for a Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) project on India's Role in the Emerging Global Nuclear Order. He has published extensively and writes regularly for acclaimed publications including The National Interest, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Strategic Analysis, The Nonproliferation Review, and the Asia Times, among others. Kumar coordinates the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP) at IDSA and has spearheaded an unprecedented archival mining campaign as part of research on India's nuclear history.

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