15 December 2011
Atomic Fuel for Australia-India Synergy
According to this brief, the governing Australian Labor Party’s latest vote to lift the ban on uranium sales to nuclear-armed India for its civilian atomic energy program has economic and strategic overtones. On the economic side, though, New Delhi may not be able to make precise estimates of its long-term uranium needs until and unless the Indian civil society comes to terms with civil nuclear energy as a safe bet. At the same time, Australia is keen to quiz India on the unrelated but strategically important nuclear safeguards issues. Overarching these cross-currents is the fact that New Delhi and Washington welcome Australia's new India initiative.
© 2011 Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS)
P S Suryanarayana