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Issues & Insights Vol. 13 – No. 10 – ASEAN’s Nuclear Landscape – Part 1

Although there is currently no operational nuclear power plant in the ten countries comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), regional governments have begun investing seriously in such programs. They have been motivated by several factors ranging from rising electricity demands to the perceived need to seek energy security, energy autonomy, and the diversification of supply. Prestige considerations associated with entering the “nuclear club” and a strong marketing push by vendors may have also played a role in guiding their decisions.