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Nuclear Energy In Southeast Asia: A Bridge Too Far?

| November 9, 2016

Hopes for a nuclear renaissance in Southeast Asia have proven overly ambitious.

In the late 2000s, energy forecasts began to use the term “nuclear renaissance” to refer to the fast-growing nuclear power program of China, and to the emergence of the so-called “nuclear aspirants” embarking on their first nuclear power projects. Many among these newcomers are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). For this reason, nuclear suppliers like the United States, Russia, Japan, and South Korea have been particularly active in signing cooperation agreements with ASEAN nations or supporting these countries to explore the feasibility of nuclear energy.

However, after almost a decade of pondering the nuclear option, no ASEAN state has made the decision to go nuclear. This article will discuss the evolution of the nuclear endeavor in Southeast Asian nations in order to show that ASEAN may not be a potential market for nuclear energy as the major vendors hoped.

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For Academic Citation: Nguyen, Viet Phuong. “Nuclear Energy In Southeast Asia: A Bridge Too Far?.” The Diplomat, November 9, 2016.

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