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Conventional Arms Control in Europe: Problems and Ways Forward

12.03.2013

MOSCOW, MARCH 12, PIR PRESS - “A distinctive feature of the current situation is that the majority of European states do not consider conventional arms a primary threat, one of the reasons that no new agreements have been reached. As a result, a number of Russia’s foreign partners suggest emphasizing potential cooperation on common European security rather than focusing on the threats,” – Oleg Shakirov, PIR Center Intern."

As part of its Midweek Brainstorming Sessions series, on February 20th, the PIR Center hosted an informal seminar where PIR Center intern Oleg Shakirov defended his research paper “Conventional Arms Control in Europe: Problems and Ways Forward.” Seminar attendees included experts from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies, and the Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies, as well as representatives from the journal International Affairs, the League of Military Diplomats, the Embassy of Ukraine in Moscow, and PIR Center staff.

Modernization of the conventional arms control regime in Europe (CACE) has been a pressing issue since 2007, when Russia withdrew from the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE Treaty). A number of Russian experts’ opinions on the subject are outlined in detail in the September 2012 issue of the PIR Center’s Study Papers “Conventional Arms Control in Europe – the End of a Regime or to be Continued?” by Russian Deputy Minister of Defense and PIR Center Advisory Board Member Anatoly Antonov and independent expert Rodion Ayumov.

Midweek.jpgIn his work, Oleg Shakirov highlighted a number of modernization issues for CACE, including transparency; regional conflicts, particularly in the South Caucasus; potential expansion of the regime to includenew types of arms; and the format of potential future agreements. Commenting on the results of interviews he conducted with experts and diplomats from Europe and the United States while researching his paper, Shakirov said, “A distinctive feature of the current situation is that the majority of European states do not consider conventional arms a primary threat, one of the reasons that no new agreements have been reached. As a result, a number of Russia’s foreign partners suggest emphasizing potential cooperation on common European security rather than focusing on the threats.”

PIR Center Senior Vice President Evgeny Buzhinsky also spoke at the seminar, sharing points on the future of conventional arms control from his presentation at the Plenary Meeting of the OSCE Forum for Security Co-Operation (text in Russian) on February 13, 2013.

For information regarding internships at the PIR Center, please contact Education and Training Program Director Albert Zulkharneev, tel. +7 (495) 987 19 15, fax +7 (495) 987 19 14, email zulkharneev at pircenter.org 

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