The book considers the implications of the nuclear energy revival for global governance in the areas of safety, security and non-proliferation.
Increased global warming, the energy demands of China, India and other emerging economic powerhouses and the problems facing traditional and alternative energy sources have lead many to suggest that there will soon be a nuclear energy ‘renaissance’. This book examines comprehensively the drivers of and constraints on the revival, its nature and scope and the possibility that nuclear power will spread significantly beyond the countries which currently rely on it. Of special interest are developing countries which aspire to have nuclear energy and which currently lack the infrastructure, experience and regulatory structures to successfully manage such a major industrial enterprise. Of even greater interest are countries that may see in a nuclear energy program a ‘hedging’ strategy for a future nuclear weapons option.
Following on from this assessment, the author examines the likely impact of various revival scenarios on the current global governance of nuclear energy, notably the treaties, international organizations, arrangements and practices designed to ensure that nuclear power is safe, secure and does not contribute to the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The book concludes with recommendations to the international community on how to strengthen global governance in order to manage the nuclear energy revival prudently.
This book will be of much interest to students of energy security, global governance, security studies and IR in general.
Introduction 1. Assessing a Nuclear Energy Revival: the Drivers 2. Assessing the Nuclear Revival: the Constraints 3. Assessing the ‘Revival’ 4. The Current Status of Global Nuclear Governance — the Nuclear Safety Regime 5. The Current Status of Global Nuclear Governance — Nuclear Security and Nonproliferation 6. Implications of the Nuclear Revival for Global Governance Conclusion