The rising demand for energy, the higher costs of oil and gas, and the association of fossil fuels with adverse climate change have all brought a renewed interest in nuclear energy. Nuclear power, however, is itself controversial, because of its costs, its environmental effects and the security risks it poses. This book discusses these critical issues surrounding nuclear power in relation to Asia. It discusses also the politics of nuclear power and the activities of civil society organisations concerned about nuclear issues. Throughout the book the perspectives are included of both proponents and opponents of nuclear power on the key controversial issues.

chapter 1|23 pages

Nuclear energy and energy security in Asia

Through the human security lens
ByRajesh Basrur, Koh Swee Lean Collin, Kalyan M. Kemburi

chapter 3|21 pages

The economics of nuclear energy

ByMark Diesendorf

chapter 4|19 pages

Nuclear power and environmental impact

Risk vs. perception
ByT.S. Gopi Rethinaraj

chapter 5|22 pages

Critical environmental questions

Nuclear energy and human security in Asia
BySimon S. C. Tay, Phir Paungmalit

chapter 6|28 pages

Nuclear energy and security risks

ByJor-Shan Choi

chapter 7|30 pages

Nuclear power and proliferation

The risks of the nuclear ‘renaissance'
ByMiles A. Pomper, Cole J. Harvey

chapter 8|24 pages

Civil society organizations and the politics of nuclear energy in Southeast Asia

Exploring processes of engagement
ByMely Caballero-Anthony, Lina Alexandra, Kevin D. G. Punzalan

chapter 9|9 pages


Whither nuclear energy?
ByRajesh Basrur, Koh Swee Lean Collin, Chang Youngho