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“Even if the upcoming review conference goes sour, it will not necessarily mean the collapse of the NPT. But even if in all hopes of staying away from excessive drama and the unnecessary letting-out of passions, I cannot help but notice that at the moment there are too many signs that a big blast is possible. Volcanoes sleep for a long time, and signs of recovery do not always mean the immediate beginning of an eruption. But if too many anxiety symptoms accumulate, one begins to think about evacuation and not about the fact that there might be a lot of drama and pathos in statements to the press,” – PIR Center Director, Vladimir Orlov.


“At the Foreign Ministry, we are sure that participation of the Group for the Russian Non-Governmental Organizations in work associated with BRICS will qualitatively help to build the new system of cooperation, will expand the socio-political base of BRICS and will strengthen its position in the global policy system,” – Vadim Lukov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Coordinator of G20 and BRICS affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


“Dear Dr. Orlov, I am pleased to invite you to become a Member of the Global Agenda Council on Nuclear Security for 2014-2016. As one of the world's most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders in this field, I believe your expertise would be instrumental in helping this Council collaboratively develop pertinent insights and solutions to address this global challenge”, – Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab.    


“Without exception, all articles and materials of this issue were written by staff members, members of the PIR Center Board, as well as graduates of PIR Center, or, if you please, representatives of the expanding PIR Community, our colleagues and friends who at some point during our 20-year history have worked at PIR Center, come to us as interns, received PIR Center scholarships, or completed our educational or training programs.  This issue is a collective gift from our graduates, our friends, constituting of already more than 800 individuals of the PIR Community on PIR Center’s 20th anniversary,” – Editorial Board of the Security Index journal.  


“Priorities in international relations have changed. We need to abandon ideological and other superstitions and instincts, as well as intellectual inertia of the past. Rational policy, state pragmatism and creative approaches to conflict resolution are in demand. Bloc and hierarchical structures are being substituted with multilateral and network diplomacy, which implies various and probably cross-cutting forms of interaction between states to meet common challenges,” – writes the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov in his article for the Security Index journal.


«Nuclear Security Summits significantly contributed to focusing attention of the international community on the problem of nuclear terrorism and helped coordinating efforts to strengthen security of nuclear materials. Now when we know that the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit would be the last one, we face a challenge: how to keep this issue significant for the international community and governments without biennial meeting of world leaders?» – PIR Center's “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Coordinator Andrey Baklitskiy.


“International cooperation on the WMD nonproliferation is making first tentative steps in the Middle East. The theory of cooperation is being tested in practice by the project to destroy the Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles. The beginning of Syria's chemical disarmament has revitalized the idea of a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East, which appeared to be dead in the water”, – PIR Center expert Artem Blashchanitsa.


“Sochi 2014 is not just about the Olympics. It is also about the June 2014 summit of the G8. WMD nonproliferation will not be at the very top of the agenda; that place has been reserved for the challenges posed by mass migration. Nevertheless, it will be one of the central topics of the summit”, - PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov, Representative of the PIR Center Security Index journal in Odessa Alexander Cheban.


“Russia and the United States should be strategic partners and cooperate on many issues: preventing terrorism, collaborating in cybersecurity, and in working on the settlement of the WMD and nuclear security problems in the third countries. Russia and the United States should jointly counter common challenges which will only strengthen in the future”, - PIR Center Executive Board member Evgeny Maslin.


“I would like to congratulate PIR Center on publication of this highly professional study. PIR Center’s report contains a lot of practical and useful information as well as a high quality analytics. The study is particularly useful for a practical work and, of course, it offers recommendations which will be valuable for various ministries and governmental institutions, as well as the State Corporation Rosatom” - Mikhail Lysenko, Director of International Cooperation Department of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom.