Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear Risks

11th August – Nuclear Risks

Bringing nuclear risks back into popular imagination ‘Little Boy’ was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. This was followed three days later by the dropping of ‘Fat Man’ on Nagasaki. The two nuclear bombs vaporised around 150,000 people who were going about their morning business; 130,000 others succumbed to burns, radiation sickness, and other …

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Nuclear Deterrence

7th August – Nuclear Deterrence

Taking nuclear vulnerabilities seriously While Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been the last two cities to be destroyed by nuclear weapons, we cannot be sure that they will be the last. Since 1945, the United States, the Soviet Union/Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea have armed themselves with nuclear weapons …

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6th April – NPT

NPT @50 – The Genesis of a Flawed Bargain March 5, 2020 marked the 50th 50th anniversary of the entry-into-force of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), a legal instrument treated as the cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime. About Non-Proliferation Treaty – NPT institutionalised the non-proliferation norm by delegitimising ‘proliferation’ …

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MTCR, NSG, Australia Group and Wassenaar Arrangement

MTCR: What is the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)? Established in April 1987, it is a voluntary association of 34 countries — 35, once India is formally included — and four “unilateral adherents” that follow its rules: Israel, Romania, Slovakia, Macedonia. The group aims to slow the spread of missiles and other unmanned delivery technology …

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Debate: 'No-first use' nuclear doctrine

India’s ‘No first use’ nuclear doctrine was recently questioned by the Defence Minister when he said that India should state that “it is a responsible nuclear power and would not use it irresponsibly, instead of declaring an NFU doctrine”. Such statement from the Defence Minister on the eve of India-Japan Civil Nuclear Deal drew sharp …

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