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An Australian Perspective on the Indo-US Nuclear Deal

Gordon, Alexander (Sandy)

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Following its election in 2007, the Labour government imposed a moratorium on export of Australian uranium to India. This article argues that with the Indo-US deal and concomitant agreements now in place, Australia should agree to export uranium to India. It does so on the grounds that the agreements will adequately protect Australian uranium from misuse, will not unduly test the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime, could open out opportunities to meet important safety concerns, could...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGordon, Alexander (Sandy)
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:40:09Z
dc.identifier.issn0973-0788
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/36382
dc.description.abstractFollowing its election in 2007, the Labour government imposed a moratorium on export of Australian uranium to India. This article argues that with the Indo-US deal and concomitant agreements now in place, Australia should agree to export uranium to India. It does so on the grounds that the agreements will adequately protect Australian uranium from misuse, will not unduly test the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime, could open out opportunities to meet important safety concerns, could help stabilise potentially dangerous vertical and horizontal proliferation and could also mitigate the region's burgeoning production of greenhouse gases. In supporting the agreements through nuclear trade with India, however, Australia should use any influence it is able to garner thereby to ensure that the Indo-US agreement itself is not seen as part of an attempt on the part of the United States (US), or any other power, to harness India as a means of containing China, and thus exacerbating what could become a destabilising tendency in the region.
dc.publisherSage Publications Inc
dc.sourceSouth Asian Survey
dc.subjectKeywords: international agreement; international relations; nuclear power; regional security; safety; uranium; Asia; Australasia; Australia; Eurasia; India; North America; South Asia; United States; Harness
dc.titleAn Australian Perspective on the Indo-US Nuclear Deal
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume16
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor160607 - International Relations
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9312240xPUB135
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationGordon, Alexander (Sandy), College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage43
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage57
local.identifier.doi10.1177/097152310801600104
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:58:06Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-65449143553
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