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Security Index (International Edition) No 4, 2013 Published

14.02.2014

MOSCOW, FEBRUARY 14, 2014. PIR PRESS – “Syria was the litmus test, the moment of truth. The Americans have played a wicked trick in Iraq. They then repeated it in Libya. And they were not allowed to pull off another such stunt in the Middle East. And who has stopped them? Russia has finally found its strength, and its mission: to stand in the way of utter chaos in the Middle East, and to prevent a complete collapse of the principles of international law on a global scale,” – writes the Editor-in-Chief of the Security Index journal, Vladimir Orlov in From the Editor.

The ongoing process – the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons – has begun in September 2013 with several agreements reached during U.S.-Russian negotiations. That was a real success of Russian diplomats. But the game is not over yet. Numerous pitfalls await the Lavrov-Kerry plan and implementation of the UN SC resolution 2118. The agreed “Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons” calls for the elimination of Syria's chemical weapon stockpiles by mid-2014. By February 2014, only about four percent of the Syria’s chemical weapons had been removed.

The new issue of Security Index journal covers the most pressing global and regional aspects of international security. And the Syrian connection is obvious in most of the articles of this issue. The Special Representative of the President for Russia’s cooperation with the African countries Mikhail Margelov in his interview speaks about the Syrian events – and, in the broader context, events in the Middle East, the North Africa, and the Sahel, from the point of view Russia, the West, Iran, and Turkey. The Chairman of the Russian State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Aleksey Pushkov offers recommendations for the Russian policy on Syria and globally. The chemical and biological security expert Natalia Kalinina paints a grim picture of the militarization of the Middle East in recent years.

Syria also comes to mind as one reads another article in this issue, the round table discussion focusing on the establishment of a WMD-free zone in the Middle East. This key international challenge will largely determine the outcome of the NPT Review Conference in 2015. In addition to the traditional differences, the situation is currently compounded by the events in Egypt and Syria. The conference could become the first real step towards implementing the decision of the 1995 NPT Review Conference, and strengthen the NPT and the entire nuclear nonproliferation regime. Otherwise, all the achievements of the past 18 years in this area may be called into question.

The full Summary of the Security Index journal No 4 (105), Fall 2013 is available at PIR Center webiste. We encourage you to enjoy our analytics and follow the discussions on the pages of Security Index – the Russian journal on international security!

Detailed information concerning the publication of Security Index as well as advertising in the journal is available from Editor Evgeny Petelin by +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax: + (495) 987-19-14, e-mail: petelin@pircenter.org

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