Wassenaar Arrangement: The Case of India’s Membership

India is keen to join the world’s export control regimes, all four of them including the Wassenaar Arrangement, as part of its efforts at integrating with the global non-proliferation architecture. While the Wassenaar Arrangement’s predecessor, the Coordinating Committee on Multilateral Export Controls, was established to control transfers of advanced dual-use technology in the North-South and East-West context, the Arrangement’s objectives have moved beyond that, requiring it to be more democratic and inclusive. Meanwhile, India’s own approach to these regimes has undergone a significant shift, and today India seeks to join the Wassenaar Arrangement and other export control regimes to find space that would allow it to actively contribute to global non-proliferation efforts. This paper makes an assessment of the prospects of India’s inclusion in the Wassenaar Arrangement and analyses how it would benefit both India and the global nonproliferation architecture.

Author(s)

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Arka Biswas