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NPIHP Working Paper #1: The Elephant in the Room: The Soviet Union and India’s Nuclear Program, 1967-1989

By admin | novembre 26, 2011

By Balazs Szalontai

NPIHP is pleased to announce the first edition of its new Working Paper series: The Elephant in the Room: The Soviet Union and India’s Nuclear Program, 1967-1989 by Balazs Szalontai.

Drawing upon extensive research in Hungarian archives, Szalontai maps the evolution of the Soviet Union’s attitude towards India’s nuclear program from 1967 through 1989. He concludes that in the time period between the negotiations for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1967 through the end of the Cold War in 1989, Soviet policy vacillated between disapproval (during the NPT negotiations), silence (in the aftermath of India’s May 1974 nuclear test), and gradually increasing technical support for India’s civilian nuclear program (from 1976 onward). Further, these changes were motivated more by specific Soviet strategic objectives than by any general principles of non-proliferation policy.

Balazs Szalontai is a Research Fellow and Visiting Professor at ECNU’s Center for Cold War International History Studies. Having received a Ph.D. in Soviet and Korean history, he has done archival research on the modern history of North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Mongolia, the Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe. His publications include Kim Il Sung in the Khrushchev Era: Soviet-DPRK Relations and the Roots of North Korean Despotism, 1953-1964 (Stanford University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2005), and book chapters on North Korean and Southeast Asian economic and cultural policies. His current research projects are focused on the Korean War, Indochinese-ASEAN relations, North Korea’s involvement in the Vietnam War, and DPRK-Middle Eastern relations. He can be reached at aoverl@yahoo.co.uk.

Visit www.wilsoncenter.org/program/npihp to read The Elephant in the Room.

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