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Nuclear power has been held out as possibly the most important source of energy for India. And the dream of a nuclear-powered India has been supported by huge financial budgets and high-level political commitment for over six decades. Nuclear power has also been presented as safe, environmentally benign and cheap. In his book, The Power of Promise, Dr. M.V. Ramana makes a historically nuanced and compelling argument as to why the nuclear energy program in India has failed in the past and why its future is dubious. Dr. Ramana will discuss this book in this joint Project on Managing the Atom/South Asia Initiative seminar. Dr. M. V. Ramana obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Boston University in 1994 and joined Princeton’s Program on Science and Global Security (SGS) in 1998. Between 2004 and 2009, he was at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development in Bangalore, India. He is currently appointed jointly with SGS and the Nuclear Futures Laboratory and works on the future of nuclear energy in the context of climate change and nuclear disarmament. Ramana is completing a book on nuclear power in India. He is a member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the International Panel on Fissile Materials. Please join us - everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.