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500th Issue of Yaderny Kontrol Bulletin is Out, Dedicated to NPT's 50th Anniversary

01.08.2018

MOSCOW, AUGUST 1, 2018. PIR PRESS NEWS. – “The NPT is the foundation of our life. It is the most important contemporary international treaty. There is just no treaty more important than the NPT. We must fight for this treaty at all costs; we are doomed without it. We must talk more about the NPT so that everybody knows about it,” – Ambassador Roland Timerbaev, PIR Center Advisory Board Member, one of the negotiators of the NPT

On July 31, 2018, subscribers of Yaderny Kontrol (Nuclear Control) monthly received the 500th issue of the analytical bulletin. The pivot of this issue is the 50th Anniversary of the he Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

The issue is structured in a way as to review the NPT by all its three pillars: nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation, and peaceful use of nuclear energy. In this bulletin the NPT receives congratulations from one of its negotiators, peers, and young professionals who will later take over the mission and make their contribution to the nonproliferation regime. These are the members of the PIR Center Advisory Board and U.S.-Russian Working Groups on the NPT review process and strategic stability, graduates and students of our dual-degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies, participants of the project “Young Experts in the NPT Review Process,” supported by the Gorchakov Fund, as well as our friends and colleagues from Russian university-based research centers in the field of nonproliferation.

As Amb. Roland Timerbaev, PIR Center’s Advisory Board Member and one of the negotiators of the NPT, puts it: “The NPT is the foundation of our life. It is the most important contemporary international treaty. There is just no treaty more important than the NPT. We must fight for this treaty at all costs; we are doomed without it. We must talk more about the NPT so that everybody knows about it.”

In the latest Yaderny Kontrol issue, PIR Center’s Founder Dr. Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center’s Director Albert Zulkharneev, PIR Center’s Consultant Andrey Baklitsky and the CTBTO Preparation Committee Consultant Tariq Rauf elaborate on the NPT’s successes in the last 50 years as well as the treaty’s vulnerabilities.

“However strong the NPT could be, there are no miracles; it is vulnerable. Without a good portion of vitamins, the NPT will not make it; otherwise it runs a risk of becoming exhausted by the 2020 Review Conference. There are two main vulnerable zones. The first one is inconsistent fulfilment of Article 6of the Treaty: nuclear weapons are sexy again, and it is for long. The second is imbalance in the Middle East and lack of conditions to create a WMD-Free Zone there,” Dr. Vladimir Orlov says.

The President of the 2005 NPT Review Conference Amb. Sergio Duarte explains what a successful NPT Review Conference depends on; a candidate for the Presidency at the 2020 Review Conference Amb. Rafael Grossi says he is preparing for the upcoming conference together with Presidents of the PrepCom sessions. Head of the Russian delegation and Director of the Department for the Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Yermakov shares his views on the results of the 2018 NPT Prepcom in Geneva. The full issue of the bulletin (in Russian) is available on PIR Center’s web-page.

In celebration of the NPT’s 50th Anniversary, PIR Center also launched an online community on Facebook. From now on the specialists interested in the issues related to nuclear nonproliferation, strategic stability, arms control, and peaceful use of nuclear energy have a platform for sharing and discussing relevant news and analytical materials.

To subscribe for Yaderny Kontrol or if you have any other questions concerning the bulletin, please contact “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director Adlan Margoev by phone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or via e-mail margoev at pircenter.org.

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