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"We are neighbours. Russia is part of Greater Europe. The European Union is a major player in the European space, but it is not the whole of Europe, n...

Shaping the next generation of experts is the main goal of the education and training system on nonproliferation, created and supported by PIR Center...

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The recent PIR Center report, “Iran in the Regional and Global Perspective” offers a fresh twist on advice for negotiators as they continue to work on an agreement. As a compilation of articles by experts who met in Bangkok and Moscow in 2014 to explore the prerequisites of longer term solutions for...

The book “The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy” by David Hoffman is a true documentary thriller focusing on the most difficult period of the 20th century. The international situation at that time is described as teetering on the brink of a nuclear world ...

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Military and technical cooperation remains on the key instruments in today’s foreign policy, the same being true for Russia even against the backdrop of the Ukrainian crisis and under the press of Western sanctions. Arms exports still have to play the role of a major component of Russian foreign tra...

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has made a lot of progress over the past 20 years in harmonizing the interests of its member states – but there have also been many failures along the way. The organization is focusing primarily on humanitarian issues, almost entirely i...

Arms exports are an important component of foreign-trade and foreign-policy aspirations of every country that wants to strengthen its role on the global arena. It is no coincidence that amid the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, the EU, the United States, and Ukraine itself have sought to put pressure on Ru...

The question of whether Russia should withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) is increasingly being raised by the expert community. What is more, several Russian officials have said that the treaty is detrimental to Russian national security.
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In 2007, Vladimir Putin signed a decree suspending Russia’s participation in the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. In 2011, the Vienna Document was adopted, under which participating countries annually exchange military and security information. However, this document’s effects have bee...

At the end of a traditional period, the Russian armed forces are starting to face a number of new emerging challenges.  A few words about the current trends and development of the Russian armed forces; let me highlight two trends in particular.  First, growing priority is now given to increase in mo...

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