A Fillip for the TAPI Pipeline

Michael Tanchum, The Diplomat 3 Dec 2015 Construction on the long-stalled Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline will soon commence with ground-breaking ceremonies scheduled for December 13. In the run-up to the start of construction the previously troubled pipeline project is poised to receive new financial backing from an international oil company based in the United…

The CTBT conundrum

Shyam Saran, The Hindu   In his article in The Hindu Defusing the nuclear powder keg, Jayantha Dhanapala makes three key observations. 1. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) with its “over 300 state-of-the-art sensors in every corner of the world,” gives assurance that “any nuclear test will be detected.” Comment: There are…

India and the CTBT

Thanks to Lassina Zerbo, The Hindu 14 Feb 2015 India’s future with the CTBT is still unwritten. Leadership until now may have been delayed, but there are opportunities for it to be reengaged and renewed. India’s past with the treaty to ban all nuclear tests in all places for all time is well known. Some might…

Rekindling the disarmament momentum

Thanks to Happymon Jacob, The Hindu 21 Sept 2015 Snapshot Global nuclear arms control and disarmament movement seems to have lost its steam. From the traditional concerns of non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the focus today has shifted to counter-proliferation and nuclear security. India’s resistance to the CTBT has lost…

NSG eyes Indian inclusion, but risks Pakistan’s ire

  Reuters, 24 November, 2015 Diplomats have quietly launched a new push to induct India into a club of nuclear trading nations, but rather than increasing stability in South Asia, the move could escalate strains with rival Pakistan. The chairman of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) visited New Delhi recently to meet Foreign Minister Sushma…