USINPAC has been working to urge Congress to have pro-India witnesses testify on the issue of civilian nuclear cooperation. This hearing is specifically about non-proliferation, and nearly everyone from the non-proliferation community is not only against nuclear cooperation with India, they are against any nuclear cooperation with any country. In fact, the non-proliferation community is even against the use of nuclear energy.
Despite this, USINPAC worked with Members of the International Relations Committee to urge the inclusion of a witness who will voice support for the initiative. Dr. Leonard Spector, an original author of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has outlined steps India could take in order to gain support for full civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and India. One example of a favorable statement towards India that Dr. Spector has made is, "The fact that India has aligned affirmatively with those attempting to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons is a major change and is consistent with India's taking on the role of a responsible major power."
The Committee has also added an additional witness to bolster support for this agreement. Neil Joeck, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and an Adjunct Professor at the University of California - Berkley Department of Political Science, will also be testifying in favor of the agreement. Dr. Joeck's expertise is in South Asia and has publications on the nuclear issues in the region. One publication is a book titled "Strategic Consequences of Nuclear Proliferation in South Asia" published in 1984, and another publication is titled "Maintaining Nuclear Stability in South Asia" published in 1997. USINPAC is pleased with the addition of Neil Joeck to testify to the Committee because he has thus far been in favor of the nuclear initiative.
While it is difficult to find individuals from the non-proliferation community who view the deal favorably, we are hopeful that these witnesses will support our agenda.
USINPAC is also continuing its work with key Members of the Committee to have pro-India witnesses testify at other hearings to be held in the very near future.