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124_350_175.jpgBANGKOK, OCTOBER 12, 2012. PIR PRESS - "In the dialogue between Russia and ASEAN countries on terrorism and transnational organized crime, the role of ‘one-and-half-track’ cooperation where government experts would work hand in hand with non-governmental - in particular - research and academic institutions should be increased. The two issues that have to be given priority in this dialogue are: first, the ways to counter the threat of WMD-terrorism, and second, the cooperation in the field of cyber security" said the PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov at the annual ASEAN-Russia Joint Working Group meeting devoted to counter-terrorism and transnational crime, held in Bangkok from 17 to 20 September.

PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov as a member of the Russian delegation took part in the 4th meeting of the ASEAN-Russia Working Group on Countering Terrorism and Transnational Crime, which was held in Bangkok, Thailand. During the meeting, presentations were made by delegations of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Russian Interior Ministry, as well as PIR Center.

In his speech, Vladimir Orlov noted that the issue of combating WMD-terrorism in Southeast Asia is particularly important today. The greatest risk with components of nuclear, chemical and biological weapon is related to their transportation - in particular by sea. That is why, due to the increasing number of goods shipped through the region, Southeast Asia draws much terrorist attention.

It is important to note that this autumn training programs on combating international terrorism are being offered to ASEAN countries by both the FSB and the Russian Interior Ministry. This opportunity may become a good basis for further projects in the sphere of security. Russia has sound knowledge in terms of cyber security and ASEAN countries may be interested in learning from the Russian experience.

images.jpgThese considerations have met lively feedback from the delegates of Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar.

The meeting of the ASEAN-Russia Working Group on Countering Terrorism and Transnational Crime was held within a broader framework of the 12th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime. The Russian delegation was headed by Deputy Director of the Department on New Challenges and Threats of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dmitry Feoktistov. The next meeting is scheduled for 2013 in Vietnam.

In 2013-2014, PIR Center plans to pay close attention to the analysis of non-traditional threats and challenges to international security. Within the the project of "International Information Security and Global Internet Governance" a special place in our work will be given to the field of cybersecurity as well as the problem of the financing of terrorism. As a part of the project "Perspectives of Russia-ASEAN Cooperation in Strategic Areas" PIR Center will assess positions of the countries in the region, and provide expert advice to Russian leadership on how to implement Russian national interests in the given region.

For further information regarding "International Information Security and Global Internet Governance project please contact Oleg Demidov by phone +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax +7 (495)981-19-14, or email: demidov at

For further information regarding "Perspectives of Russia-ASEAN Cooperation in Strategic Areas project please contact Alexander Kolbin by phone +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax +7 (495)981-19-14, or email: kolbin at