M. V. Ramana
Nuclear and Fusion
risk of nuclear accidents
political economy of energy
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- political economy of nuclear energy
- risk of accidental or inadvertent nuclear war
- nuclear energy in developing countries
- new nuclear reactor designs
- international treaties promoting nuclear disarmament
- fissile materials in India and Pakistan
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