Atomic compatriots? The trajectory of Franco-Indian nuclear cooperation, 1950-1976

Sarkar, J. (2014) Atomic compatriots? The trajectory of Franco-Indian nuclear cooperation, 1950-1976. Critique Internationale, 63(2), pp. 131-149. (doi: 10.3917/crii.063.0131)

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Based on multi-archival research in France, India and the United Kingdom, this paper examines the development of the Franco-Indian nuclear relationship from Frédéric Joliot-Curie’s January 1950 visit to India to the latter’s first nuclear test in May 1974. While the early development of a nuclear program in both countries provided an immediate rationale for bilateral collaboration, diplomatic disagreements persisted between Paris and New Delhi : these initially concerned the fate of “French establishments in India” but were later elicited by French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing’s shift to a policy of non-proliferation. Throughout the period studied, however, cooperation continued thanks to excellent relations between the French and Indian atomic energy agencies and the two countries’ shared desire to retain an independent foreign policy in a world dominated by the rivalry of the two blocs.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sarkar, Dr Jay
Authors: Sarkar, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:Critique Internationale
Publisher:Presses de Sciences Po
Published Online:01 May 2014
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