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27.06.2019

“Autonomous systems are gradually displacing humans from the battlefield, and in many aspects, this can be a boon to the military, who are exposed to less risk. However, at the same time, humans transfer to artificial intelligence (AI) a part of their powers, and consequently a part of their responsibility. According to experts, neural networks will probably never learn to explain their decisions to humans. This can become a serious problem once AI is involved in such areas as intelligence, data analysis, communications and control, scenario development, and in the long run decision making.” – Director of PIR Center’s Emerging Technologies and Global Security Project Vadim Kozyulin.

18.05.2017

“The structured dialogue on current and future challenges and risks to security launched within the OSCE is not yet a negotiation on a regime of conventional arms control in Europe, but an attempt to develop a shared understanding of what could be its foundation in the current conditions. Russia has supported this process, yet it specified that unless NATO drops its deterrence policy there could hardly be any progress,” —  Oleg Shakirov, PIR Center consultant.

31.08.2016

“The entire European security system, including its military dimension, should be modernized. Here it may be reasonable to come back to Russia’s proposal to draft a comprehensive European Security Treaty, once put forward by the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. This document could embrace all security dimensions, including the military one, restore the  system  of  control, which  is in  fact lost  now,  over conventional  armed  forces, and  dramatically  improve  the  system  of  confidence- and security-building measures”, – Evgeny Buzhinskiy, Chairman of the PIR Center’s Executive Board.

28.07.2015

“I’m glad to pass the baton to a new team today, the team who made this issue and is already preparing the next one.  A part of this team grew up within the PIR Center’s walls, and another is entirely new. At the head of this team stands Olga Mostinskaya – the new Editor-in-Chief of Security Index, whom I present with pleasure to our readers today, and to whom I wish creative motivation and insightful dialogue with our wonderful authors and demanding (which is great!) readers.” – Member of the Security Index Editorial Board Vladimir Orlov.

11.03.2015

“It is clear that the CFE Treaty in its original form has lost its relevance, and Russia does not intend to return to it.  We either need a new agreement or a refusal of legally binding arms control instruments in favor of the development of confidence-building measures in the security field, as well as the enhancement of bilateral and multilateral military cooperation.” – Lieutenant General (in reserve) Evgeny Buzhinskiy, PIR Center Executive Board Chairman. 

04.10.2013

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.

12.03.2013

“A distinctive feature of the current situation is that the majority of European states do not consider conventional arms a primary threat, one of the reasons that no new agreements have been reached. As a result, a number of Russia’s foreign partners suggest emphasizing potential cooperation on common European security rather than focusing on the threats,” – Oleg Shakirov, PIR Center Intern."

29.11.2012

 “According to what NATO representatives say, Organization’s position on ballistic missile defense is as follows: if this issue is resolved in a constructive way it will be a potential game changer for Russia-NATO relations. At the same time, Russia should not expect the Alliance to wait until Moscow decides upon its approach. If Russia regards BMD as a critical problem, then that’s a critical problem only for Russia.” – Oleg Demidov, Coordinator of PIR Center International Information Security and Global Internet Governance Project.

06.11.2012

“With President Obama we have passed the stage known as the U.S.-Russia “Reset”, and we did it quite well. Yes, these aren’t taintless, easy bilateral relations, but there is no perceived crisis as well. We have good dialogue on certain issues, and tough dialogue on other ones. In general the dynamics of these relations is pretty high. I think that if Romney is elected, Russia would manage to build such kind of relations that enables proper dialogue. Suffice to say that for Soviet Union and Russia it was usually easier to speak to Republicans rather than to Democrats. There’s such a historic trend.” – PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.

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