Sarkar Publishes Research Article in Cold War History

January 14, 2020

Jayita Sarkar, Assistant Professor at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, recently published a single-authored peer-reviewed article in the journal, Cold War History. The article is entitled, “From the dependable to the demanding partner: the renegotiation of French nuclear cooperation with India, 1974–80,” and is from Prof. Sarkar’s first book manuscript, Ploughshare and Swords: A Global History of India’s Nuclear Program.

The article was published on January 12, 2020. The article can be found here:

From the the abstract of the article:

This article examines the shift in French nuclear export policy during 1974–80 leading to renegotiation of bilateral contracts between India’s Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and France’s Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA). This reassessment of French-Indian nuclear partnership by Giscard d’Estaing’s government initially resulted from its concerns that France might be implicated in India’s 1974 nuclear explosion. Neither country had signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the CEA and DAE were long-time technology partners, and both opposed multilateral safeguards. The French reassessment later received a major thrust from improved US-French bilateral relations, and French participation in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Jayita Sarkar, an historian by training, is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. Her expertise is in the history of U.S. foreign policy, nuclear proliferation, the global Cold War, South Asia and Western Europe. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, Cold War HistoryInternational History Review, and elsewhere. Dr. Sarkar has held fellowships at MIT, Harvard, Columbia and Yale universities, and obtained a doctorate in International History from the Graduate Institute Geneva in Switzerland.

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