Nonprofileration Policy Crossroads Nov 05, 2012 By Gerald Warburg Nonprofileration Policy Crossroads On October 1, 2008, Congress enacted a proposal that originated with President George W. Bush in 2005 to approve an unprecedented nuclear trade pact with India by removing a central pillar of US nonproliferation policy. Despite the numerous political challenges confronting the Bush administration, the initiative won strong bipartisan support, including votes from Democratic Senators Joseph Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama. The four-year struggle to pass the controversial US-India nuclear trade agreement offers an exceptionally valuable case study. It demonstrates a classic tradeoff between the pursuit of broad multilateral goals such as nuclear nonproliferation and advancement of a specific bilateral relationship. It reveals enduring fault lines in executive branch relations with Congress. It vividly portrays challenges confronting proponents of a strong nonproliferation regime. This article is based on an analysis of the negotiating record and congressional deliberations, including interviews with key participants. It assesses the lessons learned and focuses on three principal questions: how did the agreement seek to advance US national security interests?; what were the essential elements of the prolonged state-of-the-art lobbying campaign to win approval from skeptics in Congress?; and what are the agreement’s actual benefits - and costs - to future US nonproliferation efforts? The Nonproliferation Review The Nonproliferation Review Areas of focus National Security Gerald Warburg Gerry Warburg is a professor of practice of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Prior to Batten, he worked with Congress for several decades, serving as a legislative assistant to members of leadership in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Read full bio Related Content Gerald Warburg Dispatches from the Eastern Front: A Political Education from the Nixon Years to the Age of Obama Research A naïve undergraduate is transported from a small California town to the intensely competitive world of Capitol Hill policymaking. Gerald Felix Warburg’s memoir is not just a story about four decades in Washington, although a life spent as a House of Representatives and Senate staffer, and as a lobbyist and professor, provides remarkable insight into the struggles, the strategies, and the people of the U.S. capital. Pelosi, Lawrence and the ‘Arc of Power’ News In an opinion piece for The Hill, Batten School professor Gerald Warburg takes a look at Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's legacy in light of a new book about the era of Pelosi’s first speakership, "Arc of Power." Class of 2021: Terrell Jana ‘Always Sat in the Front Row’ News As he awaits the NFL Draft this week, Batten student and co-captain of the football team Terrell Jana (BA '21), looks back on his time at UVA, where he learned that athletes can shape public policy.