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Nuclear Power and Energy Security in Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Rajesh Basrur, Koh Swee Lean Collin


232 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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The rising demand for energy, the higher costs of oil and gas, and the association of fossil fuels with adverse climate change have all brought a renewed interest in nuclear energy. Nuclear power, however, is itself controversial, because of its costs, its environmental effects and the security risks it poses. This book discusses these critical issues surrounding nuclear power in relation to Asia. It discusses also the politics of nuclear power and the activities of civil society organisations concerned about nuclear issues. Throughout the book the perspectives are included of both proponents and opponents of nuclear power on the key controversial issues.

Table of Contents

1. Nuclear Energy and Energy Security in Asia: Through the Human Security Lens Rajesh Basrur, Koh Swee Lean and Kalyan Kemburi 2. Is the Rapid Growth of Reliance on Nuclear Energy an Economically Viable Option Hooman Peimani 3. The Economics of Nuclear Energy Mark Diesendorf 4. Nuclear Power and Environmental Impact: Risk vs. Perception T.S. Gopi Rethinaraj 5. Critical Environmental Questions: Nuclear Energy and Human Security in Asia Simon SC Tay and Phir Paungmalit 6. Nuclear Energy and Security Risks Jor-Shan Choi 7. Nuclear Power and Proliferation: The Risks of the Nuclear ‘Renaissance’ Cole J. Harvey and Miles A. Pomper 8. Civil Society Organisations and the Politics of Nuclear Energy in Southeast Asia: Exploring Processes of Engagement Mely Caballero-Anthony, Lina Alexandra, and Kevin D.G. Punzalan 9. Post-Fukushima: Whither Nuclear Energy? Rajesh Basrur, Kow Swee Lean Collin and Chang Youngho

About the Editors

Rajesh Basrur is a Senior Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Koh Swee Lean Collin is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

About the Series

Routledge Security in Asia Pacific Series

Series editors: Leszek Buszynski and William Tow, both Australian National University


New security concerns are emerging in the Asia Pacific region as global players face challenges from rising great powers, all of which interact with confident middle powers in complicated ways. This series puts forward important new work on key security issues in the region. It embraces the roles of the major actors, their defense policies and postures and their security interaction over the key issues of the region. It includes coverage of the United States, China, Japan, Russia, the Koreas, as well as the middle powers of ASEAN and South Asia. It also covers issues relating to environmental and economic security as well as transnational actors and regional groupings.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General