“We are talking about more effective help to UN member-states in countering terrorism when such requests appear. It is necessary to make bureau’s work more visible and corresponding to the expectations of the international society. New unit will among other things contribute to the formation of the international law in the sphere of countering international terrorism” — Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, member of the PIR Center Advisory Board.


“The Russian-US meeting was devoted to an expert discussion of practical issues concerning the preparations for the forthcoming 2020 NPT Review Conference. It was an important and interesting discussion, not too inspiring but not discouraging either”. – Ambassador Yury Nazarkin, participant of the Russian-American working group.


“The solution to the Iranian nuclear issue should not be reached at the expense of these countries’ interests. The security concerns of Iran’s neighbors should be addressed, though not in the comprehensive agreement itself. Providing security assurances to the region could also result in a more positive attitude towards the nuclear deal with Iran. At the same time, international efforts should be aimed at making sure that no country in the Middle East is facing a military threat from its neighbors, rather than playing into the narrative of the states aspiring to regional hegemony or special status” – PIR Center and Strategic Studies Network report “Iran in the Regional and Global Perspective”.

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Name: Voronkov, Vladimir I.
City: New York, USA
Affiliation: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nation, Head of the new United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office
Biography :

Before 2011 - Director of Department of European Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. In 1975 he graduated from Moscow State University. Since 1989 he works in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, occupying different diplomatic posts in Russia and abroad. In 2000-2002 he was the Minister Counsellor in the Russian Embassy in Poland. In 2002-2005 Vladimir I. Voronkov worked as Deputy Director of Personnel Department (MFA, Russia). In 2005-2008 he performed duties of Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation in OSCE. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2009.