Sohel Rana, a second-year graduate student, has presented his paper at the South Asian Studies Association (SASA) Annual Conference. The virtual conference was held on February 5–7, 2021. Sohel’s paper titled “From Moscow to Delhi: Expanding Bangladesh’s Nuclear Cooperation” examines the underlying institutions, ideas, and interests that worked behind the making of Bangladesh’s policy decisions to collaborate with Russia and India to develop the country’s maiden Rooppur nuclear power plant.
The paper uses the 3’I model of decision-making and relies on both primary and secondary data to explore various institutions, ideas, and interests. It also examines a series of institutions, ideas, and interests in the comparative contexts of Bangladesh, India, and Russia, and how they converged to transform into policy decisions in a specific context. The paper was presented at the South Asia, the World, and Regional Cooperation panel at the conference.