A week after Japan’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, Japanese officials struggle to contain a widening crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. CFR’s Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Michael A. Levi, discusses the global responses to Japan’s nuclear crisis, and what it means for the future of nuclear energy.
An extraordinary series of events has caused Japan’s nuclear crisis but it appears backup safety systems were flawed, says nuclear expert Charles Ferguson. He expects the disaster to slow some nuclear projects elsewhere but not cause a wholesale stoppage.
U.S. concerns over India’s nuclear liability law are likely to come up during President Obama’s trip to India, but expert Ashley Tellis says the trip is unlikely to yield alterations that allow a level playing field for U.S. companies.