Jul 30

Past Event

The U.S.-India Nuclear Agreement

Event Materials



  • Civilian Nuclear Deal Good for India, Bad for World

    Strobe Talbott: 2005 civilian nuclear agreement between India and the US is "emphatically a good deal" for India, but is not a good deal for the world, because it creates a unique exemption under an important international treaty.

    Strobe Talbott

  • Nicholas Burns, Fmr Undrsec of State

    Nicholas Burns, fmr. undrsec. of state: The civilian nuclear deal deal strengthens the international nonproliferation regime, because it will make India a stakeholder in a system where member countries are cheating.

  • Little Evidence India Is Moving to Mainstream

    Robert Einhorn, CSIS: In the three years since the civilian nuclear deal was negotiated, he has seen little evidence that India has moved toward the nonproliferation mainstream.

  • Agreement Will Remove Shadow over U.S.-India Relations

    Steve Cohen: Implementation of the civilian nuclear agreement will be difficult and may not produce strategic benefits, but it will remove a giant shadow over the U.S.-India relationship.

    Stephen P. Cohen


The controversial 2005 civilian nuclear agreement between the United States and India is widely seen as the lynchpin of the relationship between the world’s two largest democracies. The agreement gives India access to U.S. and international nuclear fuel, equipment and technology to generate energy for India’s booming economy. In exchange, India must separate its military and civilian nuclear facilities, placing the latter under international safeguards. While the agreement addressed certain critical proliferation issues, it has been widely criticized within India and the United States for its internal and regional implications.

On July 30, the Brookings Institution hosted a panel discussion on the future and implications of the India-U.S. nuclear agreement. The panel featured Brookings President Strobe Talbott, who as deputy secretary of state led negotiations with India following its 1998 nuclear tests; former Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns, who was the United States lead negotiator on the nuclear agreement; and Robert Einhorn, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Brookings Senior Fellow Stephen P. Cohen provided introductory remarks and comments.

Event Agenda


July 30, 2008

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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