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New Issue of the "Yaderny Kontrol" Electronic Bulletin #5 (487) is Available Now

22.06.2017

MOSCOW, JUNE 22, 2017. PIR PRESS. — “The Draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is content-heavy, but it is not a comprehensive ban on this type of WMD. This is truly where its fundamental difference lies from disarmament conventions that prohibit biological and chemical weapons. The rush of the preparation of the document can be seen just by recalling how much time and effort was required by the NPT, and even the conventions on the banning of biological and chemical weapons, and on how carefully, using the UN General Assembly as a platform for measuring global public opinion, the Treaty of Tlatelolco was being prepared”, — member of the PIR Center Advisory Board, Honored Lawyer of the Russian Federation Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov. 

On June 21, 2017, the subscribers received the information and analytical bulletin of the PIR Center Yaderny Kontrol (Nuclear Control) # 5 (487), June 2017. 

The key topic of the issue was the discussion of the Draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, presented at the first session of the conference on the development of a legally binding instrument for the prohibition of nuclear weapons. Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov, a member of the PIR Center Advisory Board and the Honored Lawyer of the Russian Federation, analyzed (in Russian) the legal component of the document. 

In an interview with Yaderny Kontrol, Matthew Kroenig, professor of Georgetown University and former senior national security adviser for Marco Rubio presidential campaign, talked (in Russian) about the challenges of modernizing nuclear forces, the arms race and assessed the likelihood of a nuclear conflict between Russia and the United States. Yaderny Kontrol also asked Michael Kofman, a researcher at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center, to comment these issues (in Russian). 

The first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference came to a close. In the PIR Center blog entry, Andrey Baklitskiy, Director of the Russia and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Program, summarized (in Russian) the results of the session. 

The full issue of the bulletin is available on the PIR Center's website.

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For questions related to the Yaderny Kontrol  Bulletin, you can contact Andrey Baklitskiy, Director of the "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation Program" of PIR Center at +7 (499) 940 09 83 or send an e-mail to baklitsky@pircenter.org.

 

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