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03.02.2014

PIR Center team warmly thanks our friends, partners and colleagues for their kind New Year wishes.

22.01.2014

“Memorandum of Understanding between Iran and Argentina on joint investigation of the terrorist attack against the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA in 1994), which took the life of 85 people, became one of the most varying events in Latin America and showed the strength of Iranian penetration in the region. It was signed in January, and ratified in February by the Argentine Congress with the sole endorsement of the Kirchner’s party representatives. Previously several prominent Iranian leaders from the Hashemi Rafsanjani government were accused to have been sponsors and facilitators of this attack carried out by Hezbollah”, –  Founder and Chair of the Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation, Irma Arguello.

13.03.2013

“Because of the effectively weakening military-strategic partnership, the USA has launched a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union. This may well be a recognition of the fact that the future relationship between the USA and Western Europe will focus more on economic aspects rather than on military matters. This will be particularly noticeable after the significant reduction of the foreign military presence in Afghanistan”, - Pál Dunay, Head of the International Security Program of the Geneva Center for Security Policy.

05.03.2013

“On the global level international security has been deeply disturbed by the third nuclear test by DPRK on February 12. The nuclear test, as well as the reaction of international community had been anticipated by many of the international security experts. Another issue is the lack of advances on negotiations between Iran and IAEA on its nuclear program. Syria civil war is another unsolved point of big concern, with a death toll of 70,000 as of February 2013”, -  Founder and Chair of the Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation, Irma Arguello.

 

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sense, it still did not because the strategic equilibrium that was more or less ensured by the presence of the USSR has been replaced by instability and global impunity” - Sri Lanka's Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Dayan Jayatilleka.

31.10.2012

“After 20 years, we still live in a world with growing nuclear risks. Expectations of enhanced global security after the end of the Cold War gave way quite soon to a gradual tightening in the positions of some major international actors, while new states became nuclear-armed ones. In addition, nuclear terrorism almost impossible to deter, has emerged as a very tangible threat. Today we can say that the world is much more complex and uncertain than at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. There are still nuclear weapons stockpiles totaling 20.000, many on high alert, deployed in 14 countries”, -  Founder and Chair of the Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation, Irma Arguello.

17.07.2012

“The impeachment of President of Paraguay Fernando Lugo and his ousting from office had a negative impact on the security climate in the region. On the one hand, the procedure passed in full accordance with the constitution of the country, not through a military coup, which is usual for many countries in the region. On the other hand, this event raised tensions in the region and led to harsh criticism from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay”, - Founder and Chair of the Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation, Irma Arguello.

04.07.2012

“There are a number of reasons for foreign intervention in Syria. Firstly, such an intervention would not be very expensive, as the Syrian authorities long ago discredited themselves. Secondly, Syria has modern chemical weapon capabilities. In conditions of political instability, a weapon might fall into the hands of terrorists; this creates additional incentives for the world community to begin an intervention in the country. The only obstacle might be the presence of Russian military interests in Syria, which allows the regime to rather smugly feel safe” - Founder and Chair of the Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation, Irma Arguello.

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