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Nitty-Gritty of Wassenaar Arrangement : Indian Perspective

India became member of 2 regimes of  Multilateral Export Control Regime(MECR)  namely Wassenaar Arrangement(WA) (joined recently) and Missile Technology Control Regime(MTCR) (joined in 2016), whereas China is not a member of both WA and MTCR but of Nuclear Suppliers Group(NSG) which India wanted to join, its membership was stonewalled by China. Today the WA membership is expected to build up a strong case for India’s entry into the 48 member NSG.

Wassenaar arrangement  has been established in order to contribute to regional and international security and stability and also aims to prevent the acquisition of conventional arms by terrorists. its member countries are required to ensure that transfers of these conventional arms do not contribute to the development or enhancement of military capabilities (dual-use technology).

The entry of India as its 42nd member shows its strong relationship with US, Russia and France which plays significant role in getting this membership. Russia is a firm and consistent proponent of India’s membership at control regimes, and is very supportive of India’s impressive and impeccable record in non-proliferation. It is different from some other countries that only speak of support.

But this strategic heft shows the positive approach of all countries towards India and their expectation that India would be a balancing force in Asia.

By Ritu Gaur

Founder of Reignite Twenties
Resides at The Hague

An educator & writer who preferably scroll on societal issues. An acute life observer, passionate about learning and sharing knowledge; A friend of environment. Believes in the liberating law of the spirit of life

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