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India and the Nuclear Non-proliferation Regime



India and the Nuclear Non-proliferation Regime: The Perennial Outlier

A. Vinod Kumar

Rs.895 | $90 | HB | 251 Pages
ISBN: 9781107056626

Publisher: Cambridge University Press India

Numerous behavioural and systemic factors have been cited to explain India’s nuclear decisions, though the influence of normative instruments of non-proliferation and the overarching regime on its nuclear policies has not received sufficient attention. This book seeks to address this gap through a holistic examination of India’s relationship with the non-proliferation regime and its dominant structures. The study explores the complexities of the regime as a functional system, and applies the Indian case study to understand the dynamics of state–regime interplays. By dissecting its core frameworks like non-proliferation and counterproliferation, A. Vinod Kumar highlights the conceptual opacities that drive the structural crises of the regime, and the paradigm shifts that characterize its current churning.

The book describes India as a unique case of an outlier surviving outside the regime’s overarching system, as a nuclear-capable state with prolonged record of resistance (and selective adherence), but ending up seeking opportunities to engage with its normative structures. The ideological and policy shifts that had shaped India’s transformative journey from a perennial outlier to one seeking greater integration with the regime, though, also exemplifies the underlying strategic paradoxes and dogmatic incongruities. The book assesses how these dynamics will determine India’s role in global anti-proliferation and its status in the emerging global nuclear order.

1. Introduction
2. From Non-proliferation to Counterproliferation: 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
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Review - Australian Institute of International Affairs, Jun'14

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Author/Editor Details
A. Vinod Kumar, Associate Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, & visiting faculty, Institute for Foreign Policy Studies (IFPS), University of Calcutta

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