Featuring Mr. Bharat Karnad, Research Professor of National Security Studies, Center for Policy Research, New Delhi
Nuclear proliferation is on an upswing even as little progress is made toward genuine disarmament. Proliferation is a particular concern for India, especially now that most of the aspirant states are located in India's backyard. However, neither a profusion of nuclear weapon states in the neighborhood nor a strengthening of the extant nonproliferation order serves India's national interest or addresses its security concerns. Mr. Bharat Karnad will discuss Indian perceptions of nuclear proliferation and disarmament, examining its concerns regarding the current non-proliferation regimes, uncertainty about how best to deal with an emerging world of many nuclearized, but troubled, states rife with the possibility of nuclear terrorism, and its determination to retain deterrent capability and strategic independence in Asia.
Produced by Aaron Siirila, East-West Center, on November 4, 2009. Filmed by Grace Ruch, EWC.