The South Asian region has been seeing tumultuous events and is undergoing structural changes in nuclear politics. A sneak peek includes:
- China’s rapid nuclear expansion. In its most recent World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency (IEA) projects China to add to its existing nuclear capacity of 17 Giga Watt (GW) another 32 GW by 2050.
- India’s Additional Protocol. Ratified in June 2014, India allegedly bears no avenue for complementary access for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguarding. The IAEA inspectorate would face considerable difficulties to transparently assess India’s nuclear program, should a diplomatic ice age arise.
- Thorium. As an alternative nuclear material to uranium, thorium is incrementally gaining more and more attraction by the region’s biggest nuclear players, India and China. The former however, holds the world’s biggest thorium reserves and could a) supply its own future nuclear fleet endogenously b) export this good to other countries. Nuclear fuel cycles based on thorium are said to be more resilient regarding nuclear non-proliferation and environmental safety due to lower proportions of nuclear waste/unit input.
Listen to experts and learn
If you want to hear about the nuclear security dynamics of the region, please RSVP for the upcoming seminar organized by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP):
“South Asia: Nuclear Non-Proliferation Challenges and Opportunitites”. The event will be held on Monday, 9 March 2015 at 17:30 in the Conference Hall of the Permanent Mission of Japan, in the Andromeda Tower, Vienna.