GRM 2010 GRM 2011

Abstract Details

 
AUTHOR NAME
 
Family Name:
MISHRA
 
First Name:
ARCHANA
 
ABSTRACT OF PAPER
 
Title of Paper:
THE GCC AND THE QUESTION OF NUCLEAR POWER: A BOOM OR BANE FOR THE ECONOMY
 
Paper Proposal Text :
The three E's- economy, energy and environment are inextricably linked to each other. In order to augment economic growth a secure energy supply is needed; energy production and consumption to a great extent generates environmental pollution and this pollution has a straight bearing on the economy. With industrialization and urbanization, these challenges are becoming a pressing issue for the developed as well as the developing economies. Apprehensions about the impending environmental, social and economic impacts of climate change have led to the foremost international debate over what measures should be taken to mitigate emissions of GHGs, which are claimed to be the main cause. In short, the world at present is confronting the twin challenges of 'energy security' and 'climate change' and the GCC states are not immune to it. Development of renewable and nuclear energy will, and can, only appendage part of the increase in energy demands and its triumph depends on how the politics plays out. Nuclear energy has been branded as one of the most clean, green and reliable source of electricity that can be used to meet the large baseload of demand. The central argument of the paper is that the strategic decision of GCC countries to diversify their primary sources of energy supply to embrace nuclear sources are marooned in the economic reality of the region and a prerequisite for long-term sustainability of their economic development. However, when most of the countries around the world are curtailing their nuclear ambitions after the nuclear disaster in Japan, the GCC states' decision to intensify efforts to acquire the nuclear technology is going to prove a boom or bane for the economy, the paper intends to find an answer to this pertinent question as well. The present study would further highlight what are the challenges and opportunities for the development of nuclear power plant in the GCC states. The paper would further examine how the development of the nuclear power plant in the GCC states is going to affect the dynamics of regional politics as well as global politics as there are speculations that the Gulf countries maybe in near future use the technological know-how of civil nuclear energy to develop nuclear weapons in order to defend themselves from Iran and other regional threats.

 
 
 

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