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The new issue of the Security Index journal is dedicated to the Middle East problems in general and to the ongoing Syrian conflict in particular, which has recently become one of the top issues on the international agenda. The other important topics, discussed in the journal, are nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear safety and security, and conventional arms control. In addition, the authors address the subject of cybersecurity, political processes in the Post-Soviet space, and the role of international peacemaking and peacekeeping in today’s world.


“Of course the main threat for us comes from nuclear terrorism. In order to prevent it we should provide more effective protection to the nuclear materials. Therefore we work actively on strengthening the cooperation between governmental bodies and nuclear industry, and we also support more effective application of the different legal instruments and conventions”, - Piet de Klerk, the Netherlands’ Sherpa for the preparations of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.


“Nuclear security modeling is a new and interesting framework, which gives an opportunity for practical usage of knowledge, received during the Summer School”, - third secretary of the  Minister Secretariat Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Volodymir Yatsiv.


The new issue of the Security Index journal to some extent is dedicated to the problem of the ideological and value deficiencies among political elites and the impact of the choice of these elites on the state of affairs in the international security sphere. Apart from the role of political elites in international relations, the authors turned their attention to the perspectives of international cooperation in nuclear security sphere, the development of energy sector in the Middle East, the problem of anti-missile defence in Russia-USA relations and other relevant issues.


“It would be foolish to eliminate those good initiatives in co-operation that were established during 20 years. Especially since they are equally useful for Russia and the United States. Saving the program, albeit on a smaller format, Russia and the United States are sending a signal that, although the relationships were still cool, they are not going to dissipate on strategic issues,” - Vladimir Orlov, the PIR Center President.


 “The Nunn-Lugar program made great contribution to providing nuclear security. However this program became exhausted. The Nunn-Lugar program should be substituted by the New Partnership which would make cooperation equal”, - Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center President, and Alexander Cheban, PIR Center Research Fellow.


“According to Russian position, first of all it is necessary to establish a concrete date of the conference on the establishment of a Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone (WMD-Free Zone) in the Middle East in order to put the work on a schedule basis. We believe that it could be held in the second half of December of this year, about the same dates that were tentatively scheduled in the past year by Finland as the "host country,” – Mikhail Ulyanov, Director of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.


129_350_175.jpg“The exchange of letters between presidents is an important step, but merely the first one on the path to normalize relations. The exchange must be followed up by practical measures. At a minimum, we must go beyond state documents and give a green light to activate contacts on all levels. This will make it possible for concrete, effective joint projects to crystallize,” – PIR Center Vice President Dmitry Polikanov


“The U.S Cooperative Threat Reduction program, also known as the Nunn-Lugar program, has already reached a ripe old age, by the standards applied to such initiatives. The program was conceived during a transitional period in Russian statehood and was especially helpful during the turbulent years when Russia was struggling to finance even the most basic nuclear security measures. The program is now due to expire,” – writes Editor-in-Chief of the Security Index journal, Vladimir Orlov, in “From the Editor.”


“The Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Concerning the Safe and Reliable Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons and the Prevention of Weapons Proliferation dated June 17, 1992 expires in June 2013. We must work out a new agreement and lay the tracks for the development of Russian-US cooperation in nuclear security and nonproliferation. At the moment, these tracks have not yet been laid, but the ties are already being put in place,” – Vladimir Kuchinov, Advisor to the Director General of Rosatom