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15.02.2013

“North Korea’s actions appear senseless, the country established itself as a nuclear power long ago, and this conduct doesn’t do any good as a signal of the country’s defense capabilities. If North Korea planned this in order to compel the US to engage in dialogue and to “up the ante” in these conversations, as they did in 2009, then they gravely miscalculated.” – Georgy Toloraya, Director of Korean Programs at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences

08.02.2013

"A 2002 UN study put it well: the goal must be to learn how to think rather than what to think... Innovative teaching methods are one way forward, and here I credit the approach used at Dr. William Potter's Center, which relies heavily on simulations and role-playing." - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

29.01.2013

“French military intervention in the Malian conflict demonstrated algorithm of possible external interference in Syrian conflict: the most desperate of NATO members (France or Turkey) begins the invasion, other members of the alliance provide political, moral, or, in extreme cases, logistical support. No collective NATO action should be expected”, - PIR Center Senior Vice President, Lieutenant General (Retired), Evgeny Buzhinsky (Russia).  

 

25.01.2013

"Today's dilemma in US-Russian relations is not the choice between whether they are good or bad, but between whether they produce positive changes or nothing at all, whether we use this experience to reopen a constructive dialogue in the strategic sphere, expand it into new areas, and develop an agenda of bilateral relations or miss this opportunity " - PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.

05.12.2012

“Nunn-Lugar is the foundation for the vision that I laid out, once I was elected President, in travel to Prague. Russia has said that our current agreement hasn’t kept pace with the changing relationship between our countries. To which we say, let’s update it.  Let’s work with Russia as an equal partner.  Let’s continue the work that’s so important to the security of both our countries. And I’m optimistic that we can.” – Barack Obama, President of the United States.

03.12.2012

“We are thinking about how the potential of modern open source information technologies including online geolocation services and social networks could be applied to enhance international cooperation, strengthen confidence-building measures and improve quality of monitoring in the field of arms control,” – U.S. Under Secretary Rose Gottemoeller.

27.11.2012

“Barack Obama has again taken a prudent stance regarding the main sources of instability (Iran, Syria). Together with others, including the UN Secretary General, the U.S. was instrumental in brokering a cease-fire in the Gaza strip.  Given Obama's known views, it is to be expected that the negotiated reduction of nuclear forces between the U.S. and Russia will be resumed and that the Administration will renew efforts to get Senate approval for the ratification of the CTBT. Unfortunately, modernization of the nuclear arsenal seems to continue in both the U.S. and Russia”, - Ambassador (ret.), High Representative of the United Nations for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012), Sergio Duarte.

23.11.2012

“The signs are ominous at the moment, there are rumblings that he 2012 Conference on a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East will not take place. And I think this is going to be a major set-back. Which is why I think my talking to you today is particularly timely, because I think there is an opportunity for Russia to use its considerable international influence in order to prevent the breakdown because if we do not have this meeting this December I fear that we are storing up trouble for ourselves and for the NPT for 2015”, – Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

14.11.2012

“More due to the fact that the five nuclear-weapon states is clearly reluctant to use nuclear wepons and some of the others (declared or not) are dependent upon one of the P5, the U.S.A. or China in a variety of ways. Some time the dependence is related to nuclear release, some time it is due to a much broader array of matters that create dependency. Accidental use has also become less likely since the high-flying concerns of loose nukes in the 1990s”, - Head of the International Security Program of the Geneva Center for Security Policy, Pál Dunay.

07.11.2012

“Today, the world certainly did become more secure because of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the need to avoid its repetition; but in another sense, it still did not because the strategic equilibrium that was more or less ensured by the presence of the USSR has been replaced by instability and global impunity” - Sri Lanka's Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Dayan Jayatilleka.

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