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During the election campaign, Donald Trump expressed interest in normalizing relations with Russia, so there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic today about the U.S.-Russian relationship and the wider international situation. Several important questions come to mind:

  • Will the new U.S. leader att...

The 2015 NPT Review Conference, which failed to approve a Final Document, has put into stark relief the key challenges facing the nuclear nonproliferation regime. These challenges fall under four main categories: ongoing difficulties with the implementation and universalization of the treaty, distur...

International agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue, signed in summer of 2015 (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - JCPOA), has become a turning point in efforts to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime. However, approaches to its implementation are still the subject of controversy betwee...

The beginning of 2016 was marked by growing activity of DPRK leaders in implementing their national program to develop medium- and long-range ballistic missiles. Iran, in its turn, conducted two test launches of missiles used by the national armed forces. Such activity triggered protests of the glob...

The 2015 NPT Review Conference, which failed to approve a Final Document, has put into stark relief the key challenges facing the nuclear non-proliferation regime. The international community will have to come up with effective responses to these challenges as part of the 2016-2020 NPT review cycle....

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18.05.2017

“The structured dialogue on current and future challenges and risks to security launched within the OSCE is not yet a negotiation on a regime of conventional arms control in Europe, but an attempt to develop a shared understanding of what could be its foundation in the current conditions. Russia has supported this process, yet it specified that unless NATO drops its deterrence policy there could hardly be any progress,” —  Oleg Shakirov, PIR Center consultant.

14.04.2017

“Since there is no quick and easy solution to the situation around the DPRK, it is worth considering interim solutions. What could realistically be on the agenda for talks right now? Preventing unplanned military actions and minimal confidence building measures. This is the main problem today; nobody wants a war by error. In future, it would be wise to desist from the talks focused purely on the nuclear issue. It would not make sense to discuss North Korea’s nuclear issue without also looking at missile defense and the rising conventional potential of countries in the region, or without looking at the problems relating to uncertainty over diplomatic relations. And within any discussion it is vital that issues open to interim deals are identified,” – expert on the DPRK military capabilities, Vladimir Khrustalev.

30.03.2017

“The first risk we can identify in the region is the risk of a “war by mistake”. Constant military exercises, huge concentration of forces, regular accidents can lead to an armed conflict,” – expert on the DPRK military capabilities, Vladimir Khrustalev.

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PIR Center holds 16th International School on Global Security — 2016, September 24 – October 2 02.10.2016
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Baklitskiy, Andrey A. image
Name: Baklitskiy, Andrey A.
City: Moscow
Affiliation: PIR Center
Position: "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Director
Expertise:
Nuclear power in the Middle East
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Middle East
Biography :

Graduated from the Faculty of the International Relations of the Urals Federal University. Holds specialist degree in regional studies and simultaneous interpreter diploma. In the years 2008-2009 took a course at the University of Seville (Spain). PIR Center intern in May-July, 2011. In 2011-2013 PIR Center Internet Project Director, Information Program Director since 2013. Took part in the sessions of the NPT Preparatory Committee in 2013-2014. Editor of PIR Center White Paper "Ten Steps toward a Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone in the Middle East". The sphere of scientific interest includes international security, bigger Middle East, nuclear energy sector and nonproliferation.  06/14

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The Russian–U.S. working group on the Iranian nuclear issue was established in November 2013 by the PIR Center, a leading Russian NGO in the area of international security, and the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), a regional center under the U.S. Department of Defense. The a...

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