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The research is devoted to the study of developing nuclear energy by one of the key Middle Eastern countries. It is divided into three sections: the driving factors for Saudi Arabia to develop nuclear power and non-proliferation concerns; the review of the nuclear energy suppliers to the Middle East; the Saudi Arabia-Russia cooperation and its prospects.


"At the PIR Center, or, better to say, with the PIR Center, I spent 22 years of my life... PIR Center is a good school of life. It works like a meat grinder. It grinds you, but as it should, and then it forms a very high-quality person. It gives you the right guidelines for the future life, with regard to interaction, attitude to work in general, responsibility, meeting deadlines, teamwork without any frames", ‒ Dmitry Polikanov, Member of the PIR Center Executive Board.


“The United States is increasingly entering long-term great powers’ strategic competition in cyberspace. In this regard, the USA needs a new strategy of actions in cyberspace – a strategy of a persistent engagement or constant implementation of proactive cyber operations that do not reach the level of an armed conflict”, ‒ PIR Center intern Sergeу Sebekin.


«We are holding our meeting in a unique historical moment as regards of developing arms control and nuclear nonproliferation regime. Agreement to extend New START without any additional terms was achieved by the presidents of Russia and the US. It means that the very tedious work for the future of strategic stability and global security is waiting for all of us, and it is touching upon both Russian and American experts in these fields», - Dr. Vladimir Orlov, Academic Advisor of the Dual Degree M.A. Program in Nonproliferation Studies from PIR Center.



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“In the end of January, the Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START) was extended for five years. However, whereas it was enough for the American side to get the US President's decision and make the exchange of notes on the extension, the prolongation process in Russia required adopting a corresponding federal law.” Ratification process of the law extending the New START Treaty became notable for the decision-making high pace and Russia’s houses of parliament solidarity. This particular peculiarity explicitly demonstrates two different sides of the same coin. - this is the main note of the 529th issue of the Yaderny Kontrol bulletin.


«I like to live an interesting life, as Alexander Blok once wrote: «Erase random features - and you will see: the world is wonderful». Erasing these features is our mission, including in the professional field», – Aleksey Ubeev, Member of the PIR Center Advisory Board.


The article analyzes the prospects and possibilities for agreements on missile defense systems, laser weapon systems, and non-nuclear strategic weapons control. Based on the balance established in relations between Russia and the US with respect to these weapon systems, the author concludes that their prohibition appears to be unrealistic. It is more feasible that the parties agree on limiting their quantitative and qualitative parameters. It is also advisable to prohibit the deployment of missile defense elements (both based on the use of interceptor missiles and new physical principles) in outer space and outside the national territory.


The Security Index Occasional Paper Series came out with the new report “Future of arms control: views from the United States” that consists of two articles: “How to Multilateralize Arms Control” by Tom Countryman and “Challenges to Broadening the Scope of U.S.-Russian Arms Control” by Anya Fink.


“Biden will pose new challenges to the Russian Federation, but not something completely different from his predecessor. He will be constrained by many domestic factors, by the balance of powers inside the United States. And most importantly, Biden is likely to be a weak president, not a strong president. As we know from history, you need to be a very strong president if you really want to fix relations with Moscow”, – Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).