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We continue to publish materials on the X NPT Review Conference under the rubric "Notes from the Field: 10th NPT Review Conference through the Eyes of Russian Public Diplomacy". This time, PIR Center Deputy Director Elena Karnaukhova talked to Ambassador Sergio Duarte, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012), the Brazilian representative to several International organizations, focusing on disarmament issues, the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the IAEA (1999-2000). He served the Brazilian Foreign Service for 48 years: the Ambassador of Brazil in a number of countries, including Austria, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia concurrently (1999-2002), China (1996-1999), Canada (1993-1996), and Nicaragua (1986-1991), Switzerland (1979-1986), the United States (1970-1974), Argentina (1963-1966), and Rome (1961-1963). Sergio Duarte stood at the origins of the NPT and was familiar with Roland Timerbaev.


"Once we went on a trip with my friend and our families. Rented a rickety old hut in the village, the electricity worked poorly, but there was a lot of firewood. We heated the stove, collected mushrooms, wandered through the swamps, caught crayfish with children in the icy water. There were a lot of impressions, but, unfortunately, the weather had deteriorated. I decided not to stop the trip, to go to the sea. It was difficult to keep the idea a secret and put the children to bed after intense adventures, I had to tell them.

Then, many years later, the children said the words most dear to my wife and me: "Parents, how happy we are that you are so crazy"," - Dmitry Danilov, Head of European Security Department at Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences.


PIR Center continues to publish materials on the X NPT Review Conference under the rubric "Notes from the Field: 10th NPT Review Conference through the Eyes of Russian Public Diplomacy". PIR Center Deputy Director Elena Karnaukhova talked to Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the IAEA, about the assessments of the X NPT RevCon, politization of review process, China's positions, Ukraine, the WMD-free zone in the Middle East, JCPOA, UAE in nuclear domain and cooperation with Russia.


International terrorism remains one of the key threats to Russia's security. However, as the world continues to digitalize, cyberterrorism is spreading along with traditional forms, which can cause much greater damage to the global security architecture, which is largely facilitated by the rapid development of information and communication technologies. The purpose of this research note is to analyze the activities of Al–Qaeda* and ISIS*, as the two most active supporters of the concept of digital jihad, in cyberspace.


On Wednesday, September 7, the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK adopted a decree on “Policy on Nuclear Weapons.” According to it, North Korea has officially proclaimed itself a nuclear power.


Low-yield weapons have recently taken a prevalent position in global nuclear weapons doctrine as global stability is hitting one of the lowest points thus far in the 21st century. Major global actors such as the United States and the Russian Federation have either directly or indirectly written low-yield nuclear weapons into their nuclear doctrine as they build defenses to new perceived threats.

The research goal is to identify whether low-yield weapons increase or decrease global strategic stability by considering the ramifications of their deployment on multiple levels of global stability.


On Tuesday, September 6, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published a long-awaited report on the results of the visit to the Zaporozhye NPP, which took place at the beginning of the month. The IAEA mission was personally headed by the IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi. The report reflected the numerous destructions caused at the site of nuclear power plant as a result of shelling, for example, damage to the block for storing nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, as well as the presence of traces of hits in the immediate vicinity of the buildings of the power units. A conclusion was made about the danger of such attacks and the possible serious consequences. At the same time, the IAEA did not take the liberty of naming the party responsible for these attacks.


Negotiations on the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOPA) have entered its final phase almost a month ago. However, in recent days, a dangerous regression has been noted in the case of restoring the “nuclear deal”.


Are our sex and gender so important for professional development in the fields of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament and can they become an obstacle in the XXI century? The goal of this research paper is to study the role of the Russian women in the fields of nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament and global security. The author examines in detail the career path of the Russian women in these areas, using the results of exclusive interviews and confidential surveys conducted in the summer and the fall of 2021.


The NPT Review Conference is one of those international platforms that allows representatives of various countries to directly express their position and opinion. What do you think about a voice from Oceania? PIR Center Deputy Director Elena Karnaukhova managed to talk to the fourth President of the Republic of Kiribati, Ambassador Teburoro Tito (1994-2003), now the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kiribati to the UN.

In this interview, in the rubric "Notes from the Field: 10th NPT Review Conference through the Eyes of Russian Public Diplomacy", we talked about the impressions of the representative of Kiribati on the 10th NPT RevCon, the today's echoes of colonialism and imperialism, the role of nuclear weapons in Oceania and in the world, the TPNW and the NPT, the UN armed forces, the AUKUS factor, the prospects for cooperation between Russia and Kiribati, and also learned about Ambassador Tito's personal philosophy and why the word "love" is written on his tie.