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PIR Center Experts Highlight Nonproliferation Agenda of the G8 Summit in Sochi

30.01.2014

MOSCOW, JANUARY 30, 2014. PIR PRESS – “Sochi 2014 is not just about the Olympics. It is also about the June 2014 summit of the G8. WMD nonproliferation will not be at the very top of the agenda; that place has been reserved for the challenges posed by mass migration. Nevertheless, it will be one of the central topics of the summit”, - PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov, Representative of the PIR Center Security Index journal in Odessa Alexander Cheban.

On January 1, 2014 Russia became the host country of the Group of eight (G8). On 4-5 July 2014 the G8 summit takes place in Sochi under Russian chairmanship. It’s the second G8 summit to be hosted by Russia - the first one was held in Saint Petersburg in July 2006.

The issues of nuclear nonproliferation directly linked with the agenda of the forthcoming summit are analyzed in the editorial by PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov and  the Representative of PIR Center Security Index journal in Odessa Alexander Cheban “Sochi-2014: G8 has to set new target for the Global Partnership” (in Russian). The article opens a thematic issue of Security Index № 1 (108) Spring 2014, devoted to the issues of international cooperation in the field of WMD nonproliferation and nuclear security. The issue came out of print in January 2014, its materials are in open access at PIR Center website (in Russian).

The article by Vladimir Orlov and Alexander Cheban provides a brief overview of the materials of the Security Index thematic issue. The authors analyze the effectiveness of the international efforts aimed at fighting the WMD proliferation that have been undertaken in the framework of the multilateral mechanism of the G8 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (GP). The article considers the opportunity of application of the GP potential for resolving some of today’s topical issues, such as abolishment of chemical weapons in Syria and the ultimate settlement of the situation around Iran’s nuclear program.

The authors stress that “Sochi 2014 is not just about the Olympics. It is also about the June 2014 summit of the G8. WMD nonproliferation will not be at the very top of the agenda; that place has been reserved for the challenges posed by mass migration. Nevertheless, it will be one of the central topics of the summit. It is still hard to make any definitive predictions on the Syrian issue, which dominated the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in 2013. But there are clear signs of progress on the destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons arsenals. Tectonic shifts are also under way with regard to Tehran’s nuclear program; the G8 has been making regular statements on this issue since the 2003 summit in Evian, when the Iranian nuclear problem began to move to the top of the international agenda”.

PIR Center observes international cooperation in the field of WMD nonproliferation and nuclear security in the framework of the project “The Future of the Global Partnership Program and Russia-US Cooperation in Nuclear Security"

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