The Roadmap for India’s Nuclear Security

Reshmi Kazi was Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for profile
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  • September 2016

    A watershed moment for nuclear security was reached when global leaders from more than 50 countries including India and other organisations met successively over six years (2010–2016) to develop an effective and sustainable plan for global nuclear security. At the end of six years, much has been accomplished to improve and upgrade nuclear security in several countries. Despite this perseverance, threats to nuclear security still remain undiminished, primarily because wrong people nursing a malicious agenda desire nuclear and radiological materials. The obliteration of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden made many think that the threat of terrorists’ manipulation of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction (WMD) had probably been contained.1 However, newer terrorist organisations like ISIS have heightened nuclear threats by declaring their penchant for nuclear weapons and radiological materials.2 These new developments require a new global approach not only in mitigating the nuclear risks but also in managing nuclear assets including civilian and military materials in a safe and secure manner.