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Within the framework of the project “The Future of Global Partnership Program and Russia-US Cooperation in Nuclear Security” PIR Center established a Working Group that analyzes the prospects for Russian participation in international cooperation in ...

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Russia-US nuclear security cooperation: "Life after Death"

30.05.2013

MOSCOW. MAY 30, 2013. PIR PRESS – “The Nunn-Lugar program made great contribution to providing nuclear security. However this program became exhausted. The Nunn-Lugar program should be substituted by the New Partnership which would make cooperation equal”, - Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center President, and Alexander Cheban, PIR Center Research Fellow.

In the issue №2, March-April 2013 of Russia in Global Affairs journal Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center President, and Alexander Cheban, PIR Center Research Fellow published an article called “Life after Death. Would New Partnership Substitute the Nunn-Lugar Program?” (in Russian). The article is available on the website of Russia in Global Affairs as well as on PIR Center website.

The article is devoted to the issues of US-Russian cooperation in the field of nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and nuclear security. These issues are currently regulated by Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Concerning the Safe and Secure Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons and Prevention of Weapons Proliferation of June 17, 1992. However in June 2013 the agreement expires. Therefore there is a need to start a new form US-Russian cooperation in the nuclear field. This new agreement Vladimir Orlov and Alexander Cheban call the New Partnership.

In the authors’ view “the Nunn-Lugar program made great contribution to providing nuclear security. However this program became exhausted. The Nunn-Lugar program should be substituted by the New Partnership which would make cooperation equal”.

As Vladimir Orlov and Alexander Cheban note the talks about the New Partnership are under way between the United States and Russia. It is likely that the new agreement about cooperation in the nuclear field could be signed by presidents Barak Obama and Vladimir Putin already on June 17, 2013 during the G8 summit in North Ireland. In their article Vladimir Orlov and Alexander Cheban propose practical recommendations on the framework of the new agreement which would be very important for the development of the US-Russian relations.

PIR Center is actively engaged in research of possibilities for international cooperation cooperation in the nuclear field within the framework of project “The Future of the Global Partnership Program and Russia-US Cooperation in Nuclear Security”. In 2013 PIR Center realizes research project “Prospects of Russian participation in international cooperation in the field of WMD nonproliferation and nuclear security”. The final goal of the project is publication of expert recommendations regarding to the prospects of Russian participation in international cooperation in the nuclear field in Security Index journal in October 2013. With a view to elaborate expert recommendations on these issues PIR Center established Working Group on prospects of Russian participation in international cooperation in the sphere of WMD nonproliferation and nuclear security. On March 28, 2013 the first Working Group meeting took place. The second meeting will take place in June 2013.

The ideas concerning the prospects of international cooperation in the field of WMD nonproliferation and nuclear security which were expressed in the article “Life after Death” will also be discussed on June 3, 2013 at PIR Center Midweek Brainstorming session. At this session two young experts Jennifer Dahnke and Artem Blashchanitsa will present their research papers:

“The Prospects of US-Russian cooperation in the strengthening of nuclear security in the third countries” (Jennifer Dahnke);

"Global Partnership Experience for Nuclear Security and WMD Proliferation Problems in the Middle East" (Artem Blashchanitsa).

For questions on the project “The Future of the Global Partnership Program and Russia-US Cooperation in Nuclear Security” please contact "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Coordinator Alexander Kolbin, tel.: +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax: +7 (495) 987-19-14, email: kolbin at pircenter.org

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