Although Obama's promises on nuclear disarmament should not be exaggerated, the announced shift in the US nuclear policy offers a glimmer of hope. Outlining the key treaties regulating the spread and testing of nuclear weapons, Achin Vanaik explores the prospects the new US presidency offers to the goal of disarmament and suggests strategies for civic action to further the cause.
Primer Minister Singh never had, and still lacks, a democratic mandate to complete the
US-Indian nuclear deal, which will cause a radical shift in India’s nuclear, strategic
and foreign policy postures.
By lifting the ban on nuclear trade with India the US has basically embraced India as a partner in its informal imperial project, says Achin Vanaik, which could spark nuclear arms race between India and Pakistan, and have serious consequences for global security.