Mar 23

Past Event

The U.S.-India Nuclear Agreement: Expectations and Consequences

Event Materials



  • Nuclear Technologies

    Steinberg says developing nuclear technologies to meet its energy needs is critical to India''s growth but adds that proliferation of nuclear weapons must be contained.


The culmination of the landmark U.S.-India nuclear agreement late last year and the recent presidential elections in the United States offered a unique moment to look at the future of the U.S.-India relationship, particularly the burgeoning technological partnership and the potential for greater cooperation between the two countries on non-proliferation and climate change.

On March 23, the Brookings Institution hosted a discussion featuring a wide range of American and Indian perspectives on issues related to the nuclear agreement and its impact on broader relations. The public event examined the agreement’s implications on American and Indian policy pertaining to energy, economics and technology; non-proliferation and nuclear strategy; and overall U.S.-India relations. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg provided opening remarks, and the lunch keynote was delivered by Shyam Saran, the Indian prime minister’s special envoy for disarmament and climate change.

Read Deputy Secretary Steinberg's remarks » (PDF)
Read the full transcript » (PDF)

Event Agenda

  • 10:00 a.m. -- Welcome

  • 10:15 a.m. -- Opening Remarks

    • James Steinberg

      Deputy Secretary of State, Department of State

  • 10:45 a.m. -- Panel One: Energy, Economic and Technological Implications

    • <a href="">Charles Ebinger</a> (Moderator)

      Senior Fellow and Director, Energy Security Initiative

      The Brookings Institution

    • Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar

      Research Fellow, The Cato Institute

    • James Clad

      Professor, Near East and South Asian Studies

      National Defense University

    • Venkatasubbiah Siddhartha

      Expert, 1540 Committee

      United Nations

  • 12:15 p.m. -- Lunch Keynote

    • <a href="">Strobe Talbott</a> (Introduction)

      President, The Brookings Institution

    • Shyam Saran

      Special Envoy of the Indian Prime Minister for Nuclear Issues and for Climate Change

  • 1:15 p.m. -- Panel Two: Non-Proliferation and Strategic Implications

    • <a href="">Michael O'Hanlon</a> (Moderator)

      Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

    • Amandeep Singh Gill

      Visiting Scholar, Center for International Security and Cooperation

      Stanford University

    • George Perkovich

      Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

  • 2:30 p.m. -- Panel Three: U.S.-India Relations After the Nuclear Agreement

    • Karl F. Inderfurth (Moderator)

      Director, Graduate Program in International Affairs

      George Washington University

    • Jonah Blank

      Chief Policy Advisor for South Asia, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

    • Lisa Curtis

      Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

    • T.P. Sreenivasan

      Former Indian Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency


March 23, 2009

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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