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THE US-INDIA NUCLEAR PACTPolicy, Process, and Great Power Politics$
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Harsh Pant

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198073963

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198073963.001.0001

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America's Engagement with a ‘Nuclear’ India

America's Engagement with a ‘Nuclear’ India

(p.95) 5 America's Engagement with a ‘Nuclear’ India

Harsh V. Pant

Oxford University Press

Both India and the United States encountered stiff resistance to their civilian nuclear energy cooperation agreement. For President George W. Bush, the challenge was to reconcile conflicting viewpoints and convincing the nation's various constituencies that the nuclear pact was in America's interest. Most of the negative reactions against the deal had to do with its potential impact on other states with plans of pursuing nuclear weapons. Some members of Congress were initially hostile to the agreement. The pact also drew criticism from non-proliferation advocates because of India's rejection of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. This chapter examines how President George W. Bush dealt with the critics of his administration's nuclear agreement with India.

Keywords:   nuclear pact, nuclear weapons, nuclear energy cooperation, Congress, George W. Bush, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

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