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On September 17, 2015, the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation with the participation of PIR Center experts holds a seminar “Outcomes of the 2015 NPT Rev...

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Results of the seminar on the future of the nuclear nonproliferation regime

23.09.2015

MOSCOW, SEPTEMBER 23, 2015. PIR PRESS – “Within the framework of the NPT review process Russian diplomacy and expert community have the opportunity to share common language with our allies. We have a few of those apart from our army and navy: we have allies in the CSTO and partners in the CIS. We just have to engage with those people on a more frequent basis, generally speaking, they are open for cooperation” – Vladimir Orlov, Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Special Advisor to the PIR Center.

On September 17, 2015, the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry with the participation of PIR Center experts held a seminar “The Outcomes Of The 2015 NPT Review Conference And The Future Of The Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime”. The event was organized as a part of the activities commemorating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov attended the seminar.

Experts of the Diplomatic Academy, the PIR Center, the Russian Foreign Ministry, and other scholars summarized the outcomes of the 2015 NPT Review Conference and discussed possible agenda in the field of nuclear nonproliferation until 2020. Representatives of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, The Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the National Research Nuclear University, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, the Kennan Institute and the Carnegie Moscow Center, diplomats from Kazakhstan, Romania, France and Switzerland attended the seminar.

Pinpointing problems and aspects that require analysis in the coming five years was the main goal of the seminar set by the moderator, PIR Center Director Albert Zulkharneev.

Vladimir Orlov, the Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy and Special Advisor at the PIR Center made a report on the outcomes of the NPT Review Conference. “Within the framework of the NPT review process Russian diplomacy and expert community have the opportunity to share common language with our allies. We have a few of those apart from our army and navy: we have allies in the CSTO and partners in the CIS. We just have to engage with those people on a more frequent basis, generally speaking, they are open for cooperation” – said Vladimir Orlov, who participated in the Review Conference as a member of the Russian delegation at the Conference. His article on the issue “The Glass Menagerie of the nonproliferation” was published in the last issue of the Russia in Global Affairs journal (in Russian).

Andrey Baklitskiy, the Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic and “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director at the PIR Center presented an analysis of the current threats that faces the nonproliferation regime. “The main challenges facing the nuclear nonproliferation regime can be divided into three categories. The first one deals with the disruption of strategic stability caused by the actions of a number of countries aimed at establishing or maintaining their advantage in the strategic areas. The second one covers the decrease in effectiveness of multilateral diplomacy, caused by the unwillingness of certain countries to negotiate within the consensus-based procedures. Finally, the third category includes challenges caused by the lack of progress in the establishment of a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East, which is rooted in the deep regional animosities” – concluded Andrey Baklitskiy, who took part in the Review Conference as a representative of the expert community. His article “Outcome of the 2015 NPT Review Conference: What Awaits the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime” was published in the last issue of the Security Index journal.

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov and the Chairman of the Executive Board of the PIR Center Evgeny Buzhinskiy presented their comments.


Sergey Ryabkov emphasized the lack of progress in the analysis of the current state of the nuclear nonproliferation regime. “A vacuum emerged in terms of the WMD-free zone in the Middle East. I am not sure that the Arab League has already begun to develop its own position on the matter. I doubt that a fundamental review of US policy in this area followed. And it is unclear whether such a review is provided before the current Administration’s term ends” – the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs emphasized. The full text of the Sergey Ryabkov’s statement is available at PIR Center website (in Russian).

According to Evgeny Buzhinskiy, further reductions in nuclear arsenals will not come back on the agenda in the near future. Russia-US tensions and some outstanding issues of the strategic stability are the main obstacle for the re-start of the consultations. “What shall we do in these circumstances? We have to arm ourselves with patience. The arms control in my opinion might become our “magic wand” if the relations reach the “boiling point”, and if it comes to talks on the de-escalation of these tensions. Then there will be a need in a substantive and meaningful talk to ease the tension. We can talk on Prompt Global Strike, hypersonic weapons, the outer space. There is ground for the consultations but we need a different character of relations” – Buzhinskiy summed up.

On June 18, 2015, the PIR Center, the Centre russe d'études politiques and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) held a joint seminar on “Nuclear Nonproliferation And Disarmament: Where To After The 2015 NPT Review Conference?” in Geneva.

On May 20, 2015, the PIR Center held a seminar “From Words to Actions: Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament from 2010 to 2015 and beyond” in New York. The workshop was the only event held by Russian NGOs at the NPT Review Conference.

Please direct questions relating to the project to PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Non-Proliferation” Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy by phone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or via email baklitsky at pircenter.org.  


   

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