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Expert Assessments Ahead of the 2015 NPT Review Conference

13.03.2015

MOSCOW, MARCH 13, 2015.  PIR PRESS – “At each of the Review conferences, State parties make lengthier statements and the documents are becoming more and more voluminous.  For the next Review Conference, we must concentrate on the practical side of issues.” – Tariq Rauf, Director of Arms Control and Non-proliferation, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

In anticipation of the upcoming NPT Review Conference, which opens on April 27, 2015, in New York City, the future of the review process is being actively discussed.  The delegates have before them the difficult task of preparing the final document of the conference, taking into account the differences over the implementation of 2010 NPT Review Conference action plan, questions concerning nuclear disarmament, and the establishment of a WMD-free zone in the Middle East.

Representatives of the academic community can play an important role in overcoming identified contradictions.  Experts can provide an objective analysis of the situation, and help find creative solutions.

In his letter to Security Index, Tariq Rauf, Director of Arms Control and Non-proliferation at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, emphasizes the need for clear, concrete measures in the field of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament: “At each of the Review conferences, State parties make lengthier statements and the documents are becoming more and more voluminous.  The Chairman’s final document are also getting longer and longer.  For the next Review Conference, we must concentrate on the practical side of issues, and not inflate the volume of documents.”

This Letter to the Editor, “In the Run-up to the NPT Review Conference 2015: Priorities Should Be Rethought, the Emphasis – Change,” will be published in the Security Index journal, No. 1 (112), Spring 2015.  It is already available on the PIR Center website (in Russian).

Alexei Arbatov, the Head of the Center for International Security at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences, also reminds of the importance of strengthening the nuclear nonproliferation regime. In an interview with the Russia in Global Affairs journal (in Russian), academician Arbatov said, “If the Treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is to be destroyed, we will see a lot of new nuclear states.  Incidentally, in the 70s it was predicted that by the beginning of the 21st Century, there would be between 20 to 25 states with nuclear weapons in the world.  There are currently nine.  This is due to the work of the NPT.”

In 2014, the PIR Center Executive Board has recognized the work of Alexei Arbatov and Tariq Rauf with its anniversary awards. These globally-recognized scientists were presented the PIR Center’s globes in the nomination “for strengthening the non-proliferation regime.”

The anniversary awards from the PIR Center recognize Russian and foreign statesmen, public figures, scientists, experts, journalist, and philanthropists who have contributed to strengthening the cause of nuclear nonproliferation and the solutions to specific problems on the subject.  The complete list of recipients from 2014 can be found on the PIR Center website.

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