APLN Policy Brief 39
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Even though nuclear safety and security have been global concerns since the end of the Cold War, the issue gained prominence only in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States. Situated in a not-so-benign neighbourhood, India too has remained concerned about nuclear security especially from a terrorist threat perspective, and this predates the post-9/11 global focus. India’s atomic energy rules and regulations, as well as the institutional architecture, have been periodically reviewed in line with changing threat perceptions and realities.
About the Author
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan is Senior Fellow and Head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi. Dr Rajagopalan joined ORF after a five-year assignment at the National Security Council Secretariat (2003–07), where she was an Assistant Director. She is the author of four books: Nuclear Security in India (2015), Clashing Titans: Military Strategy and Insecurity Among Asian Great Powers (2012), The Dragon’s Fire: Chinese Military Strategy and Its Implications for Asia (2009), and Uncertain Eagle: US Military Strategy in Asia (2009). She has also co-authored and edited six other books, including Nuclear Security in India, 2nd Ed. (2016).
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