Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, October 25, 2005

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U.S.-India Nuclear Partnership
Hyde Schedules Wednesday Oversight Hearing
to Examine Nuclear Nonproliferation Issues 

BACKGROUND:  On July 18, 2005, President Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh issued a joint statement establishing a “global partnership” between the two countries.  As part of the agreement, President Bush stated that he would “work to achieve full civil nuclear energy cooperation with India” and would “also seek agreement from Congress to adjust U.S. laws and policies.”  Critics of the recently announced partnership argue that the proposed changes to long-standing U.S. policy threaten to undermine the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) and global nonproliferation efforts.  Proponents believe that the advantages of bringing India into the international nonproliferation regime outweigh these and other concerns.  To be fully implemented, the proposed U.S.-India nuclear cooperation will require Congress to change existing law.  This hearing will focus on the agreement’s potential impact on nonproliferation and recommendations regarding Congressional action. 

WHAT:                              Full Committee Oversight Hearing:
                                           The U.S.-India “Global Partnership”:  The Impact on Nonproliferation

                                           U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), Chairman

WHEN:                             10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2005

WHERE:                           Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

WITNESSES:                   Robert J. Einhorn,
                                           International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies;

                                           Neil Joeck, Ph.D.,
                                           Senior Fellow, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory;

                                           Henry Sokolski,
                                           Executive Director, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center;

                                           Leonard Spector,
                                           Deputy Director, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Center for Nonproliferation Studies; and

                                           David Albright,
                                           President, Institute for Science and International Security.

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